Diary of John Adams, volume 1

Draft of a Letter to the Boston Gazette, May 1761.

June 20th. 1761.

1.

To obtain the appointment of his brother Peter Boylston Adams as a deputy sheriff of Suffolk co. This was, as JA explained in his Autobiography, “in pursuance of my plan of reforming the practice of Sheriffs and Pettyfoggers” in drawing writs. A bill of costs from Peter for serving a long list of writs for JA, 1764–1766, remains in the Adams Papers, under the date of 26–27 Sept. 1766.