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. 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)
, 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
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.