From William Ellery
Newport [Rhode Island] November 15, 1791. “… At a District Court held at Providence the last week came on the trial United States vs Thomas Cotrell1 for aiding and assisting in unlading the Sloop Betsy James Bissel Master without a permit when the Jury found a Verdict for the Plaint. for four hundred Dollars, and Cost of Suit.…”
LC, Newport Historical Society, Newport, Rhode Island.