The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), May 17, 1843

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p.2 On Saturday the 13th inst., before His Honor Mr. Justice Jones, the Judge presiding at the Court of Assize and Nisi Prius, holden in this Town, came on to be tried the important case between William Bray, formerly a Petty Officer in Her Majesty's Navy, and William Sandom, Captain in Her Majesty's Navy, and Commanding the Naval Forces on the Lakes.

The cause of action was the imprisonment of Bray by Capt. Sandom for some alleged misconduct in the performance of his duty as a Canteen keeper to the Naval Establishment here. The defence set up was, the right of defendant, as Bray's Commanding Officer, to punish him for such conduct, and that the imprisonment inflicted was necessary in the case, and far from being severe.

The case was entered into at very great length; many witnesses being called on both sides - and since the trial of Ashley vs. Dundas, - a case in many respects similar to the present one - we have not witnessed a trial which created so much excitement and in which so much legal knowledge and ability was displayed on either side.

Verdict for the plaintiff, £50.

The Counsels for the Plaintiff were Messrs. Macdonald and Kirkpatrick, and on the part of the defence the Attorney General and Henry Smith, jr.

Numerous reports have been put in circulation, to the effect that Capt. Sandom had excercised his authority over the plaintiff in an unfeeling manner. The testimony elicited on the trial most satisfactorily proved the contrary.

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Rick Neilson
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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), May 17, 1843