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This foot note contained in document ADMS-01-03-02-0016-0016
7. It was never printed anywhere, and JA '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 publication
“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” ( JA to Jedidiah Morse, 5 Jan. 1816, LbC , Adams Papers).
This was The Trial of William Wemms . . . Taken in Short-Hand by John Hodgson, Boston, 1770.