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United States vs. Schooner Emperor

United States vs. Schooner Emperor

Lower Court

  • United States Supreme Court


  • 1839


  • 476


  • 864


Shall prosecute the same to effect, and the said Attorney in the name and behalf of the United States aforesaid, doth over and in fact say that Robert Mitchell, esp. Collector of the customs of the United States of America for the District and Port of Pensacola afterwards to wit on the 23[rd] day of May in the year of our lord 1837 aforesaid at the District of Florida and did seize said Schooner Emperor of New Orleans according to law as being forfeited as aforesaid the said Schooner Emperor then and there beng found and now holds and detains the same in custody in said district.

And the Attorney of the United States further alleges, that at a time past, to wit on the 6[th] day of February in the year of our Lord 1837, at the District of Apalachicola in the Middle District of Florida and within the jurisdiction of this Court a certain vessel and watercraft and Schooner, called the Emperor of New Orleans of the burthen of 105 tons and 21/95 of a ton, of which said Schooner one Charles G. Cox was master, was unlawfully willfully and knowingly employed by said Charles G. Cox master thereof in the importation and bringing into said Territory of Florida being a Territory of the US, and into said district of Apalachicola and Middle district of Florida aforesaid from Havana in the Island of Cuba a foreign port, eight certain negroes names Milo, Harper, Larkin, Sam, Cogar, Peter, Jim, and Tony with intent to hold the said negroes to service and labour and that said negroes were unlawfully willfully and knowingly bought into said Territory and into said District of Apalachicola was into the Middle district aforesaid, in the said Schooner Emperor from Havana aforesaid, with intent to hold the said negroes to service and labour as aforesaid, contrary to the statues of the United States of America in such case made and provided, and whereby according to the form of the said statues the said Schooner Emperor of New Orleans her tackle apparel and furniture then and there became and was libel to seizure prosecution and forfeiture, in any District of the United States in which she might be found, one half thereof to the United States and the other half to him or them who shall prosecute the same to effect. And the