Report of William Randolph, 1696.
May it please yo[u]r Excellencie
Yor Excellencie in Councell haveing been pleased to referr the petic[i]on of Thomas Ward in behalfe of himselfe and own[e]rs of the Sloop Content to [me?] as Attorney Genll, I have in obedience thereto considered all the proceedings upon the Information of Joshua Broadbent Com[m]and[e]r of his Maj[es]ties Sloop the Spiwell ag[ain]st John Holmes Master of the s[ai]d Sloop, and finde the sd informat[i]on was upon the verdict of a Jury found for the defend[an]t, and by the gen[era]ll Court thereupon dismist. w[hi]ch sd sloop and goods not yet being delivered out of the hands of the King, We doe humbly report that a Writte of restitut[i]on may issue to amove the sd sloop and goods out of the hands of the King, and restore them to the said John Homes in behalfe of the owners thereof. Wm Randolph, Attrny Genll Barth[olomew] Fowler