When leaving Guadaloupe, the "Robert" was carrying a cargo of clayed sugar and coffee. After departing from St. Barthélemy, the schooner was captured by a British warship and taken to Bermuda. There a libel was put forth that the vessel and cargo belonged to subjects of France and that the passenger who boarded at St. Barthélemy was in fact French. Upon which the ship was taken to Bermuda where the British Admiralty condemned the vessel, and both it and the lading were taken as lawful prizes.
After finding suspicious inconsistencies between the depositions of the Master and several of the seamen on board, Hamilton concludes: "On the whole, I cannot say from what as yet appears that the underwriters will not ultimately be obliged to pay; but I really think there is good sufficient cause for demur and further investigation examination. In pursuing this idea, no doubt it will be right to give all facility and dispatch in the mode of inquiry in concert with the assured."
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