Testimony of Samuel Lanstrom aged seventeen years, taken and reduced to meeting at Tallahassee the 18[th] September 1830 and to be read in evidence on the trial of the above Libel by consent of Counsel.
Samuel Lanstrom being sworn, faith, that he came in the Schooner Billow from Matanzas to St. Marks, and that during the voyage the mate Outerbridge was attentive and faithful in the discharge of duties; that the day after the vessel arrived at St. marks, whilst the said Outerbridge was hauling up the boat, Captain Buell approached the mate, said he was a damned rascal, and charged him with attempting to execute a meeting; that the mate replied that he had done his duty the best he could. The Captain Buell then ordered the mate to go forward, followed him forward, and then struck him, the mate told Captain Buell that had not treated like a gentleman, the Captain then struck him again and frequently the mate raised his hand to ward off the blows, of the Captain. The Captain the [?] that the mate had struck him, and threatened to have him tried for mutiny. The Captain ordered the mate to pump out the ship which did. W. Jameson a passenger interfered and told the Captain not to strike the mate anymore, and said mate do your duty. The mate did not make use of any provoking language to the Captain. The mate obeyed the orders of the Captain in every particular. The next day the mate was sick in the fore castle his face was considerably bruised and swollen. The Captain inflicted the day before this many blows on the mate.
[?] That the Spanish Sailors who were on board the vessel were worthless creatures. That Witness left the vessel the next day.
L.A. Thompson Proctor for Libellants
Chas. E. Sherman Proctor for Respond