. See the Inferior Court judgment in SF
102174. At the July 1771 term with Samuel Quincy for the plaintiff and Otis for the
defendant, the case had been “Continued for Special Pleadings.” Min. Bk., Inf. Ct.
Suffolk, July 1771, No. 147. Since the pleadings actually filed in the Superior Court
are headed, “Common Pleas. Boston January term 1772,” (Doc. I
) it seems probable that they were originally drawn up for the latter court, but that
at the last minute counsel agreed to defer the issue which they presented to the appeal.