. Probably Fowkes v. The Roseanna,DNA
Microcopy 162, Case 20 (Commrs. of App. 1777), an appeal upon which JA
may have sat. See note 8
above. The Roseanna,
owned by John Brown of Rhode Island through his Nantucket agents, had been seized
at Cape Fear, allegedly carrying goods the property of British subjects. The libel
further alleged that cargo had been loaded at Nantucket ostensibly for non-British
islands, but that this had been deception and that she had imported a cargo into the
Bahamas to aid the enemy. Further, she had brought a cargo of British-manufactured
goods from the Bahamas into North Carolina, contrary to the resolves of Congress.
In a trial of the master's claim without a jury, the Roseanna
was adjudged forfeit on the latter two grounds. The master appealed to Congress.
No record of the result appears in the files, but according to other sources the decree
of the court below was reversed. Davis, “Federal Courts Prior to the Constitution,”
, Appendix xxxviii.