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Ramage guessed that Edwards knew all concerning the declare, yet what he knew from Aitken’s unique file was once no longer proof: the reality of the affair used to be, legally, what seemed within the courtroom martial mins that Gowers used to be retaining, and this exhausting question-and-answer technique was once the one approach of recording it. “Wait a second, Weaver; i'm wondering Mr Aitken,” Edwards stated. “Now, inform the court docket approximately this topic, and consider the guideline approximately rumour facts: what Weaver instructed you is proof, yet what Weaver stated another individual advised him isn't. ” “Quite, sir. good, Weaver acknowledged that when the Jocasta sailed from Jamaica, and earlier than the mutiny, she fell in with a British service provider send and pressed 5 males. between them was once Weaver. ” Aitken paused as Gowers waved his quill frantically, caution him to talk slowly, and Ramage all at once learned the purpose Weaver used to be attempting to make. so far as the Admiralty used to be involved, Weaver didn't exist—at least, no longer as a Jocasta. “Weaver claimed that as the mutineers destroyed the Jocasta’s most recent muster publication, the army didn't comprehend that he was once on board. The military purely knew the lads who have been on board whilst the send was once in Jamaica, while the former muster e-book used to be despatched in. ” The 5 captains understood precisely what Weaver intended, however it needed to be defined extra absolutely for the mins. “Did Weaver be aware of that muster books are despatched to the Admiralty now and then? ” the president requested. “Yes, sir. He advised me new muster booklet have been begun every week earlier than the Jocasta sailed from Jamaica, in order that the one list the Admiralty had of the boys on board in the course of the mutiny got here from the former muster e-book. ” “Did he comprehend of any males who had left the send after the recent muster e-book was once begun yet ahead of the send left Jamaica? ” That was once a sensible query, Ramage famous; Captain Edwards was once as involved in the reality of the complete mutiny as he used to be with attempting those 4 males. His query may well stay away from a guy being wrongly accused of being on board the send. “Yes, sir. He pointed out 3 males who were discharged lifeless prior to the mutiny. ” “He gave the names? ” “Yes, sir. ” “Were those lifeless men’s names at the checklist of mutineers you had on your ownership? ” “Yes, sir. ” “Very good. Now, Weaver, have you ever any further inquiries to ask this witness? ” “Yes, sir. ” He grew to become in the direction of Aitken. “Did I say to you that i used to be giving myself up, sir? ” “You did. ” “And wasn’t you shocked, like, and didn’t you pass throughout your record and question me if the identify ‘George Weaver’ was once an alias? ” “I was once questioned at the start, sure, and that i did cost the record back. ” “Why, sir? ” there has been a surprising silence within the cabin: Gower’s pen stopped squeaking and each man’s eye was once on Aitken. Even the Marine sentries learned how a lot relied on the Scots officer’s answer. “Because you’d were left within the American brig if you happen to had stored silent. no less than, except one of many different prisoners gave you away. ” Captain Edwards held up his hand. “Summers refused to denounce the opposite .