Legal Papers of John Adams, volume 2

Editorial Note

Adams' Minutes of the Argument


7 & 8 Will. 3, c. 22, §6(2), set out as JA copied it in text at note 42 94 below. The legislative history of this provision, while inconclusive, offers no affirmative evidence that Parliament intended to establish warrants in the colonies. See Frese, “Legislation on Writs of Assistance,” 38 Col. Soc. Mass., Pubns. 352–359. There were, however, several measures in the same Parliament which provided general search powers in commercial situations like those in note 9 above. Frese, Writs of Assistance (dissertation) 117–125.