In re John Lewis Connor, July 18, 1812, Pennsylvania State Archives, Habeas Corpus 1809–1812
Article 2, footnote 82
Chapter 5, footnote 5
In that case, the Chief Justice of the state Supreme Court directed a writ of habeas corpus to the commander of a Navy gunboat in Philadelphia harbor calling for the production of Connor. The commander responded in a return of the same date that Connor was lawfully enlisted and continued, “I have here in Court the said John Connor ... to do and be subject to, whatsoever the Court shall consider in his behalf.” On consideration of the matter the Court remanded Connor to his commander.