. There was testimony at the trial on appeal in the Superior Court that this was a common
practice. See Depositions of Jonathan Mason and Nathaniel Libbee, 3 March 1778; John
Parrot, Joseph Pierpoint, and Richard Salter, 31 Aug. 1778. DNA
Microcopy 162, Case 30, Nos. 143, 144, 147, 139, 131, 138. Compare Statement of the M'Clary Owners 22.
case under the British customs acts in which Doane seems to have attempted to alter
a vessel's papers, see No. 52