United States v. Schooner Emperor

United States v. Schooner Emperor

Lower Court

  • United States Supreme Court


  • 1839


  • 476


  • 864



No. 1

The United States


Charles G Cox



The United States


Schooner Emperor


Filed May 25th 1837

United States of America

Superior Court for the District

of West Florida setting as a

District Court of the United States

of America at Pensacola.

Interrogations to be [?] to

the following witness: to wit: William M. Soften,

Gabriel F. Floyd, Robert L. Adams, Warren Cromwell,

and John Garrison.

(who reside at a greater distance from Pensacola than

one hundred miles) to be propounded, sworn, examined

and cautioned to testify the whole truth, in

the prosecution now pending on said court between

the United States and the Schooner Emperor whereof

Charles G. Cox is master; and the United States against Charles G. Cox.

1st Interrogatory to Gabriel Floyd; Do you

know the Schooner Emperor?

2nd Do you know the Master of said

vessel Charles G. Cox?

3rd Did said vessel enter the Bay of

St. Joseph sometime during the present year (1837)?

4th Was she at that time commanded

by Charles G. Cox, if not; who was the commander?

5th When said vessel visited St. Joseph’s

Bay did you not board her as custom house Officer;

if so, state the circumstances attending your visits?

6th Do you or not know the fact that said

vessel brought negroes, supposed to be African into

the Territory of Florida about the time of her visit to St. Joseph’s Bay?

7th After said Schooner Emperor sailed

from St. Joseph’s Bay, were not a number of negroes

or persons of color, supposed to have been imported

from a foreign country, seen in the vicinity of St.

Joseph’s Bay?

8th If you answer Yea, was it not the

general belief of the people in the vicinity as well as