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Contents

  • Foreword, by the Honorable Bruce Bromley ix
  • Descriptive List of Illustrations xv
  • Preface, by the Editor in Chief xix
  • Introduction, by the Editors xxxi
    • 1. Sources for this Edition xxxi.
    • 2. The Editorial Method xxxv.
    • 3. Practice and Procedure xxxviii.
    • 4. John Adams the Lawyer lii.
  • The Massachusetts Bench and Bar: A Biographical Register of John Adams' Contemporaries xcv
  • Acknowledgments cxv
  • Guide to Editorial Apparatus cxix
    • 1. Textual Devices cxix.
    • 2. Adams Family Code Names cxix.
    • 3. Descriptive Symbols cxx.
    • 4. Location Symbols cxx.
    • 5. Other Abbreviations and Conventional Terms cxxi.
    • 6. Short Titles of Works Frequently Cited cxxv.
  • a. law study
    • Editorial Note 1
    • I. Adams' Student Notes, ca. 1758 2.
    • II. Adams' Commonplace Book, ca. 1759 4.
  • b. adams' pleading book
    • Editorial Note 26
    • The Pleadings Book, 1771–1773 31.
  • c. torts
    • No. 1. Bassett v. Mayhew; Mayhew v. Bassett; Mayhew v. Allen, 1762–1768 87
      • Editorial Note 87.
      • I. Adams' Minutes of the Referees' Hearing 91.
      • II. Paine's Minutes of the Referees' Hearing 101.
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    • No. 2. King v. Stewart, 1773–1774 106
      • Editorial Note 106.
      • I. King's Petition to the General Court 108.
      • II. King's Remonstrance 112.
      • III. Writ of Review—Stewart et al. v. King 113.
      • IV. Cushing's Report of the Argument 116.
      • V. King to Silas Burbank 117.
      • VI. Burbank's Release 120.
      • VII. Deposition of Silas Burbank 121.
      • VIII. Deposition of John Newbegin 123.
      • IX. Deposition of Jonathan Wingate 125.
      • X. Threatening Letter Sent to King 126.
      • XI. King's Offer of Settlement 127.
      • XII. Deposition of Jonathan Sayward 127.
      • XIII. Adams' Minutes of the Review 128.
      • XIV. John Adams to Abigail Adams 140.
    • No. 3. Cotton v. Nye, 1767 141
      • Editorial Note 141.
      • I. Adams' Diary 143.
      • II. Adams' Minutes of the Trial 143.
      • III. Paine's Minutes of the Argument 144.
      • IV. Adams' Notes of Authorities 145.
      • V. Adams' Minutes of the Argument 148.
      • VI. Adams' Minutes of the Evidence 148.
      • VII. Adams' Diary 149.
    • No. 4. Burnam v. Mugford, 1770–1771 149
      • Editorial Note 149.
      • Adams' Minutes of the Trial 150.
    • No. 5. Gill v. Mein, 1768–1769 151
      • Editorial Note 151.
      • Adams' Minutes of the Trial 154.
    • No. 6. Gray v. Pitts, 1771 157
      • Editorial Note 157.
      • I. Adams' Minutes of the Trial (Inferior Court) 158.
      • II. Adams' Minutes of the Trial (Superior Court) 159.
  • d. contracts
    • No. 7. Porter v. Steel, 1770–1772 162
      • Editorial Note 162.
      • I. Adams' Minutes of the Review 164.
      • II. Wetmore's Minutes of the Review 167.
  • e. commercial law
    • No. 8. Alcock v. Warden, 1766 168
      • Editorial Note 168.
      • Adams' Report of the Argument 171.
    • No. 9. Apthorp v. Gardiner, 1766–1768 174
      • Editorial Note 174.
      • I. Writ, Declaration and Return 176.
      • II. Plea 180.
      • III. Special Demurrer and Joinder 180.
      • IV. Adams' Minutes of the Argument 183.
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    • No. 10. Bancroft v. Lee, 1768–1772 188
      • Editorial Note 188.
      • I. Adams' Notes of Authorities 191.
      • II. Adams' Minutes of the Trial 192.
      • III. Adams' Minutes of the Argument (1771) 194.
      • IV. Adams' Minutes of the Argument (1772) 195.
      • V. Wetmore's Minutes of the Argument 196.
    • No. 11. Crowningshield v. Lee, 1768–1770 197
      • Editorial Note 197.
      • Adams' Minutes of the Trial 198.
    • No. 12. Longman v. Mein; Wright & Gill v. Mein, 1770–1771 199
      • Editorial Note 199.
      • I. Correspondence of James Murray, John Fleeming, and Sheriff Stephen Greenleaf 216.
      • II. Adams' Notes of Authorities 218.
      • III. Adams' Diary Notes on the Right of Juries 228.
  • f. property
    • No. 13. Prout v. Minot, 1761–1766 231
      • Editorial Note 231.
      • I. Prout's “Bill in Chancery” 239.
      • II. Adams' Minutes of the Argument 241.
    • No. 14. Keen v. Turner, 1768–1769 242
      • Editorial Note 242.
      • I. Paine's Minutes of the Trial 243.
      • II. Adams' Minutes of the Trial 243.
    • No. 15. Clap's Will, 1767–1768 245
      • Editorial Note 245.
      • Adams' Address and Minutes of the Argument 247.
    • No. 16. Clap v. Randall, 1769 255
      • Editorial Note 255.
      • Adams' Minutes of the Trial 258.
    • No. 17. Hill v. Whiting, 1770–1772 260
      • Editorial Note 260.
      • I. Adams' Minutes of the Argument 263.
      • II. Opinion of Judge Trowbridge 265.
    • Nos. 18 and 19. Prescott v. Keep, 1771–1776; Prescott v. Priest, 1771–1773 266
      • Editorial Note 266.
      • I. Adams' Minutes of the Trial 268.
      • II. Adams' Abstract of Title 271.
      • III. Adams' Minutes of the Trial 272.
      • IV. Cushing's Report of the Trial 273.
    • Nos. 20 and 21. Wilkins v. Fuller, 1771–1772; Smith v. Fuller, 1770—1778 274
      • Editorial Note 274.
      • I. Wetmore's Minutes of the Wilkins Trial 276.
      • II. Adams' Minutes of the Referees' Hearing in Wilkins' Suit 276.
      • III. Wetmore's Minutes of the Smith Trial 278.
  • g. domestic relations
    • No. 22. Broadstreet v. Broadstreet, 1771–1774 280
      • Editorial Note 280.
      • Adams' Notes of Authorities and Minutes of the Hearing 284.
    • No. 23. Dougherty v. Little, 1768 286
      • Editorial Note 286.
      • Adams' Minutes of the Trial 287.
  • h. administrative law
    • No. 24. Roxbury v. Boston, 1766 289
      • Editorial Note 289.
      • Adams' Minutes of the Argument and Decision 292.
    • No. 25. Plympton v. Middleboro, 1766 294
      • Editorial Note 294.
      • I. Adams' Minutes of the Argument 295.
      • II. Paine's Minutes of the Argument 297.
    • No. 26. Chelsea v. Boston, 1769 297
      • Editorial Note 297.
      • Adams' Petition 298.
    • No. 27. Brookline v. Roxbury, 1767–1772 299
      • Editorial Note 299.
      • I. Adams' List of Questions Presented 304.
      • II. Adams' Notes of Authorities 306.
      • III. Record 308.
      • IV. Brookline's Account 313.
      • V. Writ of Certiorari 316.
      • VI. Fitch's Assignment of Errors 316.
      • VII. Notification 318.
    • No. 28. Essane v. Dotey, 1767–1768 319
      • Editorial Note 319.
      • I. Jane Dotey's Examination 322.
      • II. Record 322.
      • III. Adams' Assignment of Errors 323.
      • IV. Reasons for the Judgment 325.
    • No. 29. Gage v. Headley, 1768 325
      • Editorial Note 325.
      • Adams' Minutes of the Testimony 326.
    • No. 30. Josselyne v. Harrington, 1769–1771 329
      • Editorial Note 329.
      • I. Record 331.
      • II. Fitch's Assignment of Errors 332.
      • III. Adams' Minutes of the Testimony 333.