United States v. Schooner Emperor

United States v. Schooner Emperor

Lower Court

  • United States Supreme Court


  • 1839


  • 476


  • 864


Printed by said Court in said case) propound such questions as the nature of the charge may suggest and that the answers recorded in the form of an affidavit and subscribed by the witness shall be admitted as evidence in said case provided they be accompanied with the certificate of the consul. Thomas Baltzell and Charles S. Sibley, US Attorney

February 15[th], 1838

And on another day to wit on the 2[nd] day of February 1838. Charles S. Sibly, United States Attorney for Middle District of Florida came and filed an amended which is in the following words to wit.

The United States of America vs. Schooner Emperor } In admiralty Amendment of Libel

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 Pensacola in the Middle District of Florida and with in the jurisdiction of this Court a certain vessel and watercraft and Schooner called the Emperor of New Orleans of the burden of 105 tons and 21/95 of a ton of which said Schooner one Charles G. Cos was master, was unlawfully willfully and knowingly employed by said Charles G. Cos master thereof in the importation and bringing into said Territory of Florida, being a Territory of the United States and into said District of Pensacola and Middle District of Pensacola and Middle District of Florida aforesaid, from Havana in the Island of Cuba a foreign port: eight certain negroes named Milo, Harper, Larkin, Sam, Cogar, Peter, Jim, and Tony with intent to hold the said negroes to service and later and that said negroes were unlawfully, willfully, and knowingly brought into said Territory and into said District of Pensacola and 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 furniature then and there became and was liable 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