. Delivery of vessel and goods on stipulation for their value was a familiar Admiralty
practice which was used in the Massachusetts court in revenue cases. See 2 Browne, Civil Law
411–412; Harrison v. The Chance
, Vice Adm. Min. Bk.
, 10 March 1769. It was presumably this practice, rather than the statutory “Writ
of Delivery” permitted in the Exchequer where goods were perishable or the informer
delayed his suit, that was followed here. See 13 & 14 Car. 2, c. 11, §30 (1662).