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The Law Library of Congress has digitized its collection of pre-1923 piracy trial. This historical collection of piracy trials is critical for understanding how the various nations of the world handled piracy issues before the year 1900. The full texts of these titles are available from the bibliography listed below.

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Execution of Peter Heamen 2006566407 An account of the execution of Peter Heamen, late of Sunderland, and Francois Gautiez, a foreigner, on Thursday last : on Leith Sands, for piracy and murder. 1822 View Book
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Letter to the Hon. Ira Harris 04000405 Are the southern privateersmen pirates? letter to the Hon. Ira Harris, United States senator, by Charles P. Daly. 1862 View Book
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  35032739 Argument before the United States Circuit Court / by Isaac W. Hayne, Esq., on the motion to discharge the crew of the Echo, delivered in Columbia, S.C., December, 1858 ; reported by Douglass A. Levien. 1859 View Book
Tryal of Capt. John Quelch 99163093 The arraignment, tryal, and condemnation, of Capt. John Quelch, and others of his company, &c. for sundry piracies, robberies, and murder, committed upon the subjects of the King of Portugal, Her Majesty's allie, on the coast of Brazil, 7c. : 1705 View Book
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Lord Archibald Hamilton 2005575719 Articles exhibited against Lord Archibald Hamilton, late governour of Jamaica : with sundry depositions and proofs relating to the same. [accused of encouraging acts of piracy] 1717 View Book
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Brig Crawford 89895030 A brief sketch of the occurrences on board the brig Crawford on her voyage from Matanzas to New-York : together with an account of the trial of the three Spaniards, Jose Hilario Casares, Felix Barbeito, and Jose Morando, in the Circuit Court of Richmond before Chief Justice Marshall, for piracy and murder committed on board said brig : with other circumstances calculated to illustrate those transactions / by a Member of the bar. 1827 View Book
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The Chesapeake 86225950 The case of David Collins, et al., prisoners arrested under the provisions of the Imperial Act, 6 & 7 Vic., cap. 76, on a charge of piracy : investigated before Humphrey T. Gilbert and the arguments on the return to the order of habeas corpus, before His Honor, Mr. Justice Ritchie, with his decision. 1864 View Book
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U.S. v. William Brogstock 28027624 Circuit Court of the United States, Middle Circuit of the New-Jersey District, The United States, (a.) William Brigstock, otherwise called John Johnston, indictment for murder. 1800 View Book
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celebrated criminal trials in Scotland, from A.D. 1536 to 1784 45047416 A collection and abridgement of celebrated criminal trials in Scotland, from A.D. 1536 to 1784 : with historical and critical remarks / by Hugo Arnot, Esq., advocate. 1785 View Book
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celebrated criminal trials in Scotland 39022167 A collection and abridgement of celebrated criminal trials in Scotland, from A.D. 1536 to 1784 : with historical and critical remarks / by Hugo Arnot. 1812 View Book
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Confession of Chas. Gibbs 80135017 The Confession of Chas. Gibbs alias James Jeffreys, who has been sentenced to be executed at N. York, on the 22d April 1831 for piracy and murder on board the brig Vineyard. 1831 View Book
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The confession of Joseph Baker 40025744 The confession of Joseph Baker, a Canadian by birth, who, for murder & piracy committed on the high seas on board the schooner Eliza, Captain Wm. Wheland, in a voyage from Philadelphia bound to St. Thomas's : 1800 View Book
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The trial of Josef Perez for piracy 2006573374 A correct report of the trial of Josef Perez for piracy, committed on board the schooner Bee, of Charleston, S. C. : before the Circuit Court of the United Sates [sic] for the Southern District of New-York : on Tuesday, Sept. 9th, 1823. 1823 View Book
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Les corsaires et la guerre maritime 15014799 Les corsaires et la guerre maritime, par Henry Brongniart. 1904 View Book
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Defence of Lieut. Col. Gardner Burbank 2006571550 Defence of Lieut. Col. Gardner Burbank before the general court-martial, whereof Maj. Gen. Nathaniel Goodwin was president : held at Hathaway's Hall, in Worcester, on the 8th September, 1818, against charges preferred against him by Col. Prentice Cushing and others : to which is prefixed an extract from the records of said court, containing all the evidence adduced upon his trials. 1819 View Book
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Defence of Maj. Gen. Caleb Burbank 34032612 Defence of Maj. Gen. Caleb Burbank and the argument of the complainants before the general court-martial : whereof Maj. Gen. Nathaniel Goodwin was president, held at Worcester, on the 8th day of Sept. 1818, against charges preferred against him by Col. Prentice Cushing and others. 1819 View Book
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06000697 Der Tatbestand der Piraterie nach geltendem Vö̈lkerrecht unter vergleichender Berü̈cksichtigung der Landesetzgebungen. Von Paul Stiel. (The offense of piracy under current law) 1905 View Book
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45051889 Die piraterie. Beiträge zum internationalen seerecht ... von Paul Stiel. (Piracy. Contributions to International Maritime Law) 1905 View Book
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Dying declaration of Nicholas Fernandez 42043486 Dying declaration of Nicholas Fernandez, who with nine others were executed in front of Cadiz harbour, December 29, 1829. For piracy and murder on the high seas. Translated from a Spanish copy by Ferdinand Bayer. Annexed is a solemn warning to youth (and others) to beware of the baneful habit of intemperance ... 1830 View Book
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The last sorrowful groans 2006566408 The last sorrowful groans and lamentations of the two seamen, who are to be executed on the 2nd of January 1822, at Leith Shore, for murder and piracy : with an account of their present behaviour in Edinbro' Gaol. 1821 View Book
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Lets over het misdrijf van zeeroof 44034548 Lets over het misdrijf van zeeroof. Volgens de artt. 443-447 van het Ontwerp-wetboek van strafrecht (1875) ... door Albert Ludwig Eduard Gastmann. [Something about the crime of piracy…] 1878 View Book
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Lives and confessions of John Williams, Francis Frederick, John P. Rog, and Peter Peterson 16021843 Lives and confessions of John Williams, Francis Frederick, John P. Rog, and Peter Peterson, who were tried at the United States Circuit Court in Boston, for murder & piracy : sentenced to be executed Jan. 21, 1819, and afterwards reprieved till Feb. 18, 1819. 1819 View Book
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The lives, behaviour, and dying words of the most remarkable criminals 2008571534 The lives, behaviour, and dying words of the most remarkable criminals : who have been executed for the highway, street-robberies, piracy, murder, &c : amongst many others are the following... Volume 2 1740 View Book
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Martin's annals of crime, Volume 1 24019978 Martin's annals of crime, or, New Newgate calendar and general record of tragic events, including ancient and modern modes of torture, &c. : comprehending a history of the most notorious... Volume 1 1837 View Book
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Martin's annals of crime, Volume 2 24019978 Martin's annals of crime, or, New Newgate calendar and general record of tragic events, including ancient and modern modes of torture, &c. : comprehending a history of the most notorious... Volume 2 1837 View Book
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Minutes and proceedings of a division court martial 06037498 Minutes and proceedings of a division court martial, begun and holden at Boston on Tuesday, October 29, 1805 : as they relate to the trial of Capt. Joseph Loring, Jun., one of the officers ordered to be tried by said court. 1806 View Book
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Murder & piracy on board the schooner Eliza 40021663 A narrative of the horrid murder & piracy committed on board the schooner Eliza of Philadelphia on the high seas by three foreigners, who were tried before the Circuit Court of the United States on Monday, the 21st April, 1800 : 1800 View Book
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Piracy and plunder of the Ship Friendship 11000236 Narrative of the piracy and plunder of the Ship Friendship, of Salem, on the west coast of Sumatra, in February, 1831; and the massacre of part of her crew, also her recapture out of the hands of the Malay pirates. By Charles M. Endicott. 1859 View Book
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  97186708 Particulars of the horrid and atrocious murders committed on board of the Brig Crawford. 1827 View Book

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Die piraterie als völkerrechtliches delikt 34010623 Die piraterie als vö̈lkerrechtliches delikt ... von Evangelos P. Samios. (Piracy as an international offense) 1899 View Book

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La piraterie 24018005 La piraterie. 1903 View Book
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Proeve eener geschiedenis der strafwetgeving 44032952 Proeve eener geschiedenis der strafwetgeving tegen de zeerooverij, door mr. J.J. Baud. Met eene bijlage, inhoudende het ontwerp van wet en de memorie van toelichting, door den Hoogen raad der Nederlanden, ingevolge Koninklijk besluit van 10 april 1838 (Stbl. no. 12), vervaardigd. (Proof of a history of criminal laws against piracy) 1854 View Book
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Recherches pour servir à l'histoire de la piraterie 10017438 Recherches pour servir à l'histoire de la piraterie, avec un précis des moyens propres à l'extirpation des pirates barbaresques. Par M. le chevalier D.A. Azuni ... (Research on the history of piracy, with a precise means for the extirpation of the Barbary pirates.) 1816 View Book
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The trial in the case of the King v. William Jemott 2006566602 Report of the trial in the case of the King v. William Jemott : at the Admiralty sessions, held at the Old Bailey, London, before Sir William Scott, Sir Simon Le Blanc, &c. &c. on Friday the 28th of February, 1812, for piracy / taken in short-hand by Mr. James Dowling. 1812 View Book
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A report of the trial of Pedro Gibert, Bernardo de Soto... 01000763 A report of the trial of Pedro Gibert, Bernardo de Soto, Francisco Ruiz, Nicola Costa, Antonio Ferrer, Manuel Boyga, Domingo de Guzman, Juan Antonio Portana, Manuel Castillo, Angel Garcia, Jose Velazquez, and Juan Montenegro alias Jose Basilio de Castro, before the United States Circuit Court: 1834 View Book
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The trial of Samuel Tulley and John Dalton 37009315 A report of the trial of Samuel Tulley [sic] and John Dalton, on an indictment for piracy and murder, committed January 21st, 1812 : before the Circuit Court of the United States, at Boston, 28th October, 1812: 1813 View Book
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  35028643 Report of the trials in the Echo cases, in federal court, Charleston, S.C., April, 1859 : together with arguments of counsel and charge of the court / by J. Woodruff, phonograph reporter. 1859 View Book
River Thames pirates 43049700 River Thames pirates : a full and authentic report of the trial of Joseph Simmonds Winter, William Allen, William Taylor, Thomas Ivey, Robert Cooper, Joseph Knox, and George Harris for stealing on the river Thames ... : 1812 View Book
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A select and impartial account of the lives, behaviour, and dying words, of the most remarkable convicts...Volume 1 24018487 A select and impartial account of the lives, behaviour, and dying words, of the most remarkable convicts, from the year 1700, down to the present time : containing among other things the following ... Volume 1 [Capt. John Massey, for piracy] 1760 View Book
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A select and impartial account of the lives, behaviour, and dying words, of the most remarkable convicts...Volume 2 24018487 A select and impartial account of the lives, behaviour, and dying words, of the most remarkable convicts, from the year 1700, down to the present time : containing among other things the following ... Volume 2 [Capt. John Massey, for piracy] 1760 View Book
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A supplement to the report of the trial of the Spanish pirates 2005575231 A supplement to the report of the trial of the Spanish pirates, with the confessions or protests written by them in prison : 1835 View Book
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The surprising adventures of Henry Twisdon 98213656 The surprising adventures of Henry Twisdon, a young gentleman of Yorkshire : containing a narrative of the perilous state of the vessel in which he was embarked, and its subsequent capture by pirates, the horrid proceedings on board the corsair, his arrival at an astonishing cavern in Africa, wherein a most dreadful battle was fought, his providential escape, by means of a subterraneous passage, the destruction of the pirate's cave, Twisdon's perilous journey through the African forests, his safe arrival in England, &c. &c. 1820 View Book
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The arraignment, tryal, and condemnation of Captain William Kidd 18011064 The arraignment, tryal, and condemnation of Captain William Kidd, for murther and piracy, upon six several indictments, at the Admiralty-Sessions, held by His Majesty's commission at the Old-Baily, on Thursday the 8th. and Friday the 9th. of May, 1701 : 1701 View Book
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Trial and sentence of Thomas J. Wansley and Charles Gibbs 24018398 Trial and sentence of Thomas J. Wansley and Charles Gibbs for murder and piracy on board the brig Vineyard. 1831 View Book
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The trial of Alpheus Livermore and Samuel Angier 28023596 The trial of Alpheus Livermore and Samuel Angier, before the Supreme Judicial Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts : upon an indictment for the murder of Nicholas John Crevay, an Indian, committed November 23, 1813: 1813 View Book
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Trial of Capt. Henry Whitby 08003750 Trial of Capt. Henry Whitby, for the murder of John Pierce, with his dying declaration. Also, the trial of Capt. George Crimp, for piracy and manstealing / by an Eminent reporter. 1812 View Book
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The trial of John H. Jones 2005575104 The trial of John H. Jones, first lieutenant of the privateer schooner Revenge, on a charge of piracy : including the arguments of the counsel and charge of Judge Washington / reported by one of the counsel concerned in the cause. 1813 View Book
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The trial of John Williams... a 32002278 The trial of John Williams, Francis Frederick, John P. Rog, Nils Peterson, and Nathaniel White, on an indictment for murder on the high seas : before the Circuit Court of the United States, holden for the District of Massachusetts, at Boston, on the 28th of December, 1818. 1819 View Book
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The trial of Peter Heaman and Francois Gautiez 2006566406 The trial of Peter Heaman and Francois Gautiez, before the High Court of Admiralty at Edinburgh, on the 26th of November 1821, for piracy and murder. 1821 View Book
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The trial of William Holmes... 97160963 The trial of William Holmes, Thomas Warrington, and Edward Rosewain, on an indictment for murder on the high seas : 1820 View Book
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Trial, Commonwealth vs. J.T. Buckingham 28013734 Trial, Commonwealth vs. J.T. Buckingham, on an indictment for a libel : before the Municipal Court of the city of Boston, December term, 1822. 1822 View Book
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Trials by court martial 98217370 Trials by court martial of Capt. Samuel Watson, 2d, David Livermore, Daniel Kent, and William Prouty, of the 1st Reg. 1st Brig. and 7th Division of Massachusetts Militia, 1810. 1811 View Book
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The tryal of Captain Thomas Green 2005577241 The tryal of Captain Thomas Green and his crew : pursued before the judge of the High Court of Admirality of Scotland, and the assessors appointed by the lords of Privy Council, at the instance of Mr. Alexander Higgins, advocat, procurator-fiscal to the said court : 1705 View Book
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The tryal of Mary Butler 2003576548 The tryal of Mary Butler, alias Strickland, for forgery, at the Old-Bailey, London, the 12th October, II W. III. 1699 ; The tryal of Captain William Kidd, for murder and piracy, upon six several indictments, as also the tryals of Nicholas Churchill, James How, Robert Lamley, William Jenkins, Gabriel Loff, Hugh Parrot, Richard Barlicorn, Abel Owens, and Darby Mullins, for pyracy at the Admiralty sessions held at the Old-Bailey, the 8th and 9th of May 13 W. III. 1701. 1701 View Book
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The tryals 19011844 The tryals of Joseph Dawson, Edward Forseith, William May, William Bishop, James Lewis, and John Sparkes for several piracies and robberies by them committed : 1696 View Book
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The tryals of Major Stede Bonnet 33008758 The tryals of Major Stede Bonnet and other pirates, viz. Robert Tucker, Edward Robinson, Neal Paterson, William Scot, Job Bayley, John-William Smith, Thomas Carman, John Thomas, William Morrison, William Livers alias Evis, Samuel Booth, William Hewet, John Levit, William Eddy alias Nedy, Alexander Annand, George Ross,... 1719 View Book
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  2007617752 William Beach Lawrence (in equity) vs. R.H. Dana, jt., et als. Closing argument for the complainant on the question of piracy. B.R. Curtis, J.J. Storrow, for the complainant. 1868 View Book
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Last Updated: 02/28/2014