ST. BARTS – LORDS COMMISSIONERS OF APPEALS IN PRIZE CASES. [A series of court proceedings relative to the seizure of the Ship Ann of Saint Bartholomew by a British privateer.] [London:] M. and S. Brooke, Paternoster Row, [1806].

Adjudicating a prize case of a Swedish ship trading with France out of St. Barts. A series of briefs concerning the seizure of the ship Anne commanded by Thomas Horne and owned by John Hall, both Englishmen residing on Saint Barthélemy, which from 1784 to 1878 was controlled by Sweden. During a voyage from Saint Barthélemy to Martinique, laden with a cargo of butter and tobacco, a British privateer, His Majesty's Schooner Hart, a privateer commanded by John Ireland, sized the Ann with her cargo in early January 1806. After a series of proceedings, detailed here, the vice-admiralty court at Antigua ruled in the privateer's favor. The papers, issued in a series, each with their own filing docket on verso, detail Horne's challenge to the seizure and includes the "Case on behalf of the Appellant," the "Respondents' Case" as well as a lengthy "Appendix." But in the end there was good news for Messrs. Horne and Hall: a manuscript entry on the third page dated 15 February 1809 notes that the appeal had been reversed in their favor, “therein admitted the claim for the ship—pronounced the same to belong as claimed, and Decreed the same to be restored.”

11 leaves, folio (425 x 270mm). (Very minor foxing and light edge toning.) (Binding remnants along left margin, two pages partly detached.)
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