. In the hands of
and a clerk, possibly Jonathan Williams. Pleadings Book, p. 
. The writ, dated 21 June 1773, was drawn by Sampson Salter Blowers, who represented
Laughton in both the Inferior and Superior courts. The original writ in Blowers' hand,
with pleadings signed by
, is in Suffolk Inferior Court Files, July 1773; No. 286.
was of counsel for the defendants throughout the litigation. In July 1773 at the
Suffolk Inferior Court, Laughton was awarded possession on a demurrer to
's plea that the defendants “do not know the said William Laughton.” At the Superior
Court in Aug. Laughton prevailed again on the defendants' confession of judgment for
possession and costs. SCJ Rec.
1773–1774, fol. 108; Min. Bk. 98, SCJ
Suffolk, Aug. 1773, N–15; SF
102278. This is an action of ejectment in the form commonly employed in the English
courts. The declaration alleges a lease, collusive or fictitious, from the party claiming
the premises to a straw or nonexistent person, in whose name the proceeding is actually
brought. Compare note
above; see also No. 17, note 5
. Although these proceedings might reflect an arms' length transaction between the
parties, that they do not here is indicated by a bill of costs in the file drawn by
Blowers as attorney for “Laughton on the Case of Warden et ux. appellees vs. Pitts
et al. appellants.” SF
102278. Further, on the Inferior Court writ, cited above, the name Warden has been
crossed out and that of Laughton written in.