. There were also apparently at least two witnesses actually present at the trial. See
below. The New Hampshire statute establishing the court required that all papers
found aboard ship be filed with the court and permitted witnesses to testify either
by deposition or in person. Act of 3 July 1776, 4 Laws of New Hampshire
25, 28, 31 (Bristol, N.H., ed. H. H. Metcalf, 1916).