This extract records the dialogue between William Joyce (who had been a sailor onboard the Daphne) and a lawyer involved in the case. Joyce claims that he cannot recall how many people had worked on the Daphne. The lawyer is driven to exlaim 'I will tell you what, you will get yourself into a scrape if you do not take care, you have made certain Affidavits in the Commons?'
About Facts opposed to Falsehood
Facts opposed to Falsehood is a collection of material from a legal case against a group of smugglers. The sailors of The Daphne were accused of smuggling a variety of goods including tobacco, gin and snuff. They were also accused of capturing another ship, The Clarissa. The records consist of affidavits, dialogues, and desciptions of proceedings at the Court of Admiralty. It is stated in the preface that the sailors' clandestine activities are 'little superior to licensed Piracy upon the Property of Foreign Nations', and that these people are 'hourly plundering the Revenues of their own Country.' This legal case, explains the author, 'demonstrates the necessity of some additional guard against the effects of complicated perjury and forgery.'