. James Cockle, a Salem customs officer; he had applied for the writ of assistance that
led to the celebrated argument over such writs in 1761, and he was also concerned
in dealings with Bernard that had been denounced by “Clarendon” (presumably
) in a letter to the Boston Gazette
, 19 May 1766. See Roger B. Berry, “John Adams: Two Further Contributions to the Boston Gazette
, 31:90–95 (March 1958).