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To Hon. D. S. DICKINSON,

United States District Attorney. You will please take notice that on Monday, the twelfth day of March, 1866, at the opening of the Court on that day, or as soon thereafter as counsel can be heard, we shall move the Court to appoint appraisers to appraise the said steamship, her engines, &c. in the manner provided by law, and by the rules and practice of the Court.

Yours, &c.,
EvArts, SOUTHMAYD, & CHOATE,

Proctors for Claimants. New YORK, March 8, 1866.

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Notice of application for appointment of appraisers.

EVARTS, SOUTHMAYD, & CHOATE,

Proctors for Claimants. Due and timely service of a notice, of which the within is a copy, is hereby admitted.

D. S. DICKINSON,

United States District Attorney. New York, March 9, 1866.

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Messrs. EVARTS, SOUTHMAYD, & CHOATE: SIRS, Please take notice, that at the opening of the Court on Tuesday morning, the 17th instant, or as soon thereafter as counsel can be heard, I shall move to amend the amended libel filed in this case, January 24, 1866, by inserting at the end of the fifth count the following additional counts:

Sixth. That the said steamship or vessel Meteor has, on the twentythird day of January, 1866, within the limits of the United States, to wit, at the Southern District of New York aforesaid, been furnished, fitted out, or armed by certain persons to the said Attorney unknown, with intent that such ship or vessel shall be employed in the service of a foreign state, to wit, the service of the Republic of Chile, to cruise or commit hostilities against the subjects, citizens, or property of the government of her Majesty, the Queen of Spain, with whom the United States then were and now are at peace.

Seventh. That certain persons, to the said Attorney, unknown, were, on or before the twenty-second day of January, 1866, within the limits of the United States, to wit, at the Southern District of New York aforesaid, knowingly concerned in the furnishing, fitting out, or arming of the steamship or vessel Meteor, with intent that such ship or vessel shall be employed in the service of a foreign state, to wit, the service of the Republic of Chile, to cruise or commit hostilities against the subjects, citizens, of property of the aforesaid government of Spain, with which the United States then were and now are at peace as aforesaid.

And also to strike out the word “ sixth” at the beginning of the last count in the aforesaid information on file, and insert in place thereof the word “ eighth."

Yours, &c.,

S. G. COURTNEY,

Assistant District Attorney. Dated New York, April 16, 1866.

[Indorsed.]

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT.

The United States

Vs.

The Steamship Meteor, her tackle, &c.

Notice as to amendments to libel.
Service this day of copy of within notice admitted.
New York, April 17, 1865.
EVARTS, SOUTHMAYD, & CHOATE,

Proctors for Claimants. Filed April 27, 1866.

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT.

Southern District New York.

The United States

against

The Steamship Meteor, &c.

To SAMUEL G. COURTNEY, Esq.,

United States District Attorney : You will please take notice that upon the pleadings and proceedings in this action, and upon an affidavit of the master, of which a copy is herewith served upon you, we shall, on Saturday, the twenty-third day of June, 1866, at half past ten o'clock in the forenoon, at the Judge's Chambers, renew our motion heretofore made to the Court, for the appointment of appraisers to appraise the said steamship, her engines, &c. in the manner provided by law and by the rules and practice of this Court, and shall also move that, upon such appraisement being made, the said steamship, &c. be delivered to the claimant upon the usual stipulation for value.

EVARTS, SOUTHMAYD, & CHOATE,

Proctors for Claimants. NEW YORK, June 22, 1866.

[Indorsed.]

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT.

The United States

VS.

The Steamship Meteor.

Affidavit and notice of renewing motion to appraise and bond.

EVARTS, SOUTHMAYD, & CHOATE,

Proctors for Claimants.

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT.

Southern District of New York.

The United States

vs.

The Steamship Meteor, &c.

Southern District of New York, ss. :

Edmund Kemble, being duly sworn, deposeth and saith that he is master of the above-named steamship, and has been such master and in charge of said vessel since before her seizure in this action, which took place on the twenty-third day of January last. That she has now been in the custody of the marshal under the process issued herein for the space of five months, and that during most of that period the only persons employed on said vessel have been a mate, chief engineer, carpenter, and one fireman, besides the marshal's officers in charge. That, from the time of her seizure for about two months, she lay at the Wall Street Ferry, on the Brooklyn side, and has since been lying at the foot of East Nineteenth Street, East River. That the said steamship has suffered great and serious detriment and injury in her hull, engines, and machinery by reason of her long detention, and lying so long idle in port. That annexed hereto is a copy of the certificate of a ship-builder who examined the vessel at the time of its date, and reported upon her, then condition. That, since such examination was made, the injuries described therein have continued and increased, and deponent fears that if she is kept idle and in custody longer a very serious loss will occur to her owners in consequence.

That she is at present leaking badly, and making about fourteen inches of water per day, that her copper is some fifteen inches below water, leaving that extent of her side exposed to damage, that her decks and top works have shrunk and opened badly, and her spars and yards have suffered very much from exposure and disuse.

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