Appeals to the Privy Council from the
Caribbean and Canadian Colonies
Report No. WES_1773_00

Thomas v Campbell

West Florida 


Case Name Long

Samuel Thomas and Phillips Comyn v John Campbell


Acts of the Privy Council, Colonial Series


APC Citation  

v.5 [264] p.378–379 (4 Aug. 1773 – 23 Jan. 1775)

  PC Register Citation

George III v.10 (Jan. 1773 – April 1774) p.240, 266, 377–378, 396: PC 2/117/240, 266, 377–378, 396


  PC Register Citation

George III v.11 (May 1774 – May 1775) p.318–319, 353–358, 374–375, 442–443: PC 2/118/318–319, 353–358, 374–375, 442–443



Colonial Courts


Vice Admiralty Court – 2 and 13 June 1772



Bouker, Thomas


Campbell, John, esquire, of Pensacole, respondent


Clifton, William, chief justice, issued writ of prohibition


Comyn, Phillips, appellant


Stephenson, John


Thomas, Samuel, appellant




Africa (brig)





Appeal first dismissed for non-prosecution, followed by a writ of prohibition issuing in West Florida against executing the order, but later a further order to the Governor of West Florida to enforce the Vice Admiralty sentence of 13 June 1772. A final entry in the register states that “This order was directed not to be issued without further Directions.”


Smith (p.200) notes this case’s use of a prohibition as an appellate device.


References in Smith, Appeals to the Privy Council from the American Plantations

Table of Cases (Thomas and Comyn v Campbell)


Printed Cases

Not found


Privy Council Documents in PC 1 at The National Archives at Kew

TNA Document Committee report – 12 Jan. 1775 (PC 1/60/10/1) view_Document
Catalogued as

West Florida: Committee report on memorial of John Cambel complaining of the chief justice of West Florida for having issued a writ of prohibition to stay the execution of an Order in Council of 31 Dec. 1773 for dismissing the appeal of Messrs. Samuel Thomas and Philip Comyns against the memorialist; 23 Feb. read and approved

Notes about
Catalogued by The National Archives at Kew.