The documents that follow tell all that is known about this forfeiture proceeding
in Admiralty. The basis of the suit was apparently the same statutory prohibition
against unloading cargo before entry upon which John Hancock's Liberty
had been condemned.1
The parties were cited to appear on 7 November, the date on which the in personam
actions against Hancock and others involved in the Liberty
affair began. Adams was thus certainly in court to make the brief minute of Otis'
argument printed here as Document IV
, and may also have been of counsel for Solomon Davis, the owner. The Minute Book
entry (Document III
) does not report the outcome, but presumably the Triton
was acquitted, since no notice of sale was published in the Boston newspapers, and
the Minute Book does not indicate a distribution of the proceeds of condemnation.