Richard Cornish, also known as Richard Williams, was the master of a merchant ship
and principal in a cause célèbre. Master of the merchant ship Ambrose, he was accused in 1624 of forcibly sodomizing crewmember William
Couse. Surviving records suggest that the General Court—comprised of members of the governor's Council and possibly the governor—heard testimony in the case from
Couse and another member of the crew and that Cornish was hanged soon after. Others
were subsequently punishe. . .
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