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23. Francis Bernard in 1765 said that the argument lasted three days, but it is unclear whether he referred to the Feb. or Nov. argument. Quincy, Reports (Appendix)
416. JA, in his Autobiography, characterized the argument as “several days” and in a letter in 1818 said that Otis' speech against the Acts of Trade alone lasted four or five hours. 3 JA, Diary and Autobiography
; JA to William Tudor, 1 June 1818, 2 JA, Works
314. The argument has been dated by virtue of the fact that it was held on the second Tuesday of the term. See note
below. The term began on the third Tuesday of the month, 17 Feb. 1761.
Cite web page as: Founding Families: Digital Editions of the Papers of the Winthrops and the Adamses, ed.C. James Taylor. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 2007.