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. It was never printed anywhere, and
's assertion that Preston's trial was recorded, sent to England, and suppressed by
the government (see his letter to Morse, quoted below) cannot be verified and is very
doubtful indeed. The trial of the soldiers was, however, recorded and printed. Before
“The Court allowed [the reporter]
to shew his Manuscript to the Council [counsel]
. He brought it to me. Upon reading it over, I found so much inaccuracy, and so many
errors, that I scratched out everything, but the legal Authorities, and the testimonies
of the Witnesses. Mr. Quincy and Mr. Paine were consulted, and the results of their
deliberations appear in the printed trial” (
to Jedidiah Morse, 5 Jan. 1816,
, Adams Papers
This was The Trial of William Wemms . . . Taken in Short-Hand by John Hodgson
, Boston, 1770.