The Richmond Brig Amy Warwick
--A New Question.
--The Boston Traveller, of the 16th inst., furnishes the following:
The case of the prize brig Amy Warwick
, of Richmond, Va.
, captured while on its way from Rio to that port with a cargo of coffee, by a vessel of the blockading squadron, came up by assignment before Judge Sprague
, of the United States District Court, this morning--United States District Attorney Dana
for the Government
; Sidney Bartlett
and Edward Bange
for the claimants.
The counsel agree as to main facts in the case.
It is not claimed by the Government
that the vessel had run the blockade, or was trying to run it, when captured.
The only ground upon which it is claimed is, that it is the property of a public enemy, being owned by citizens of Richmond
; and the principal question that arises is, whether the citizens of Virginia
, which State is now in rebellion, can be considered as public enemies.
This will probably be argued at length at some future day. The claimants all say that they are loyal citizens of the United States
A question of fact may, however, arise as to the ownership of 4,700 bags of coffee, in which a British house may prove to have an interest.
No claim has been presented by this house as yet; but should they present a solid claim, the coffee will be given up as not belonging to public enemies.
Four hundred bags of coffee belong to a Richmond house, and will be disposed of the same way as the vessel.
The master of the brig, a resident of Maryland
, owned fourteen bags of coffee in the vessel.
This morning Mr. Bangs
moved that this be restored to him. As he is a citizen of a loyal State no objection was interposed, and the Court
granted the motion.