[22nd June 1664] Confession of John Baldock, made before
Go. Sands and 4 others, that three years since he served in the John privateer,
under Capt. Jno Shapman, of East Cowes, Isle of Wight, and putting into
Guernsey with some prizes, he went on shore with Wm Gibson; after drinking very
hard, they met an English soldier, whom Gibson stabbed and the deponent
consented by washing his hands in the blood; and after they robbed him of 3s 6d
they threw him into a ditch. Has lost sight of Gibson, who lives at Fowey; but
is so haunted or troubled with the ghost or appearance of the soldier, that he
can get no rest until he has publicly confessed.
Calendar of State Papers Domestic 1654 (London,
1881), p 218.
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