United States v. Schooner Emperor

United States v. Schooner Emperor

Lower Court

  • United States Supreme Court


  • 1839


  • 476


  • 864


Answer to 4th Interrogatory

I received no letter directed to Captain Cox. At this time Spalding said “I do not know much about this Captain Cox. I believe my young man cleared him for Tobasco.”

5th At the time I handed the letter to Connick & Spalding they told me that they would see into the matter. They would see the American Consul (this was on the day of my arrival) I heard no more from them on the subject until the day of my departure, when they handed me a letter directed to Mr. Vanbaun of this place, and said nothing about Captain Cox.

6th Doctor Bumstead of the Havanna came on board of my vessel when at the Havanna to see sick persons. he asked me if I knew Capt Cox. I replyed “I did,” he asked if Cox had not got into a difficulty at Pensacola. I said he was arrested for carrying negroes into the United States, as I was informed. Cox once proposed to me (said Bumstead) to put in twenty thousand dollars to engage in business of the kind, and I refused. I would not run the risque.

7th After my return from Havanna to Pensacola, Cox asked me if Connick & Spalding had not sent him money. I told him they had not, that they observed that they did not know much about you! At the time of delivering the letter, Connick first read it and handed it to Spalding, who after reading it said it was a curious kind of a letter, he did not much understand it, and went off


David Gorham

Answer of Robert A Mitchell to 1st Interrogatory. I do

2nd He did.