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. Spelling uncertain. Perhaps Roberts v. Schooner Thistle,
Microcopy 162, Case 1 (Sp. Com. 1776), an appeal from the Pennsylvania Court of Admiralty.
had been taken by the privateer Congress
while en route from Florida to the West Indies with a cargo of flour, pitch pine,
and oak to be sold there. The libel alleged that she was the property of inhabitants
of Great Britain (amended to read enemies of the United Colonies), and that she was
carrying supplies to the “ministerial army” of Great Britain. The vessel was condemned
after a verdict that she was the property in part of inhabitants of Great Britain
and in part of enemies of the United Colonies. A special committee of Congress, with
Robert Treat Paine a member, reversed on 16 Sept. 1776. The reasons for reversal do
not appear in the record.