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. In his Autobiography
twice says, in varying language, that his admission as attorney to the Suffolk bar
(which is to say his swearing-in before the Inferior Court of Common Pleas for Suffolk
County) occurred on the last Friday (i.e. the 27th) of October 1758. Since the records
of the Suffolk Inferior Court for this period have been lost, the date cannot be finally
established, but there can be little doubt that the present Diary entry has been correctly
dated as 6 Nov. even though this date has had to be assigned, and, accordingly, that
the swearing-in occurred on that day. Note again how widely the account in the Autobiography
varies from that written at the time.