the transactions were, however, some of the shippers might have imposed upon me, if they had only known how to prepare their vouchers.
But they were such bunglers, that they committed the most glaring mistakes.
The New York merchant is a pretty sharp fellow, in the matter of shaving paper, getting up false invoices, and doing the custom-house; but the laws of nations, which had had little connection, heretofore, with the debit and credit side of his ledger, rather muddled his brain.
The Crenshaw's certificates were precisely like so many others I had, by this time, overhauled.
They simply stated, that the cargo belonged to subjects of her Britannic Majesty, without naming them.
To quote the certificates literally, they were in these terms: The goods specified, in the annexed bills of lading, were shipped on board the schooner Crenshaw, for, and on account of subjects of her Britannic Majesty, and the said goods are wholly, and bonafide, the property of British subjects.