United States v. Schooner Emperor

United States v. Schooner Emperor

Lower Court

  • United States Supreme Court


  • 1839


  • 476


  • 864


Territory of Florida

Middle District

Franklin County

By virtue of a Commission directed to us from the Superior Court of Western District of Florida we have taken the Depositions of the following persons

answers to No 3

Robert Beveridge being duly sworn says in answer to 1st Interrogatory says I was not at St Joseph and did not see Charles G. Cox master of Schooner Emperor.

To 2nd Interrogatory witness replies that he never saw Malherbe or Cox in his life and that he has never had any conversation on the subject referred to with Mr. Crosky.

To 3rd Inter he replies that at the time of the circumstances referred to he was absent in Georgia & that all the information he has gathered is from report.

To 4th Inter he replies he does not know.

To 5th Inter he replies such is my impression formed upon general report .

To 6th Inter he replies after his return he was informed that the conduct of the vessel near the entrance of the harbour had been such as to excite suspicion -- and it was afterwards said that negroes had been introduced by her into the Territory, but witness never saw the negroes & knows nothing of his own knowledge as to the manner they were brought into the Country.

(signed) Robert Beveridge.

Robert Jenkins being duly sworn to make true answers to the Interrogatories propounded to him answers to 1st Interrogatory I was, when the said vessel entered the harbour at my station as Pilot, on Cape St. Joseph. I spoke the vessel but the Captain declined taking a Pilot.