. 5 Boston Town Records 243 (26 March 1770); 18 Boston Record Commissioners, Reports
depositions are most conveniently available in Kidder, History of the Boston Massacre.
the Justices, and most of the witnesses,” wrote Hutchinson later,
“were well wishers to the American cause. The professed design of taking the
depositions, was to prevent ill impressions against the town. The depositions were
generally in a form of words prepared by the deponents, but, when they had declared
their knowledge of facts, the form and words of the depositions were settled by the
Committee or Justices—There was no cross examination and no body present to ask any
questions to elucidate any parts of the depositions—no scrutiny was made into the
credit, and characters of the deponents.” C.
B. Mayo, ed., “Additions to Hutchinson's History”
Loyalists, too, sought “evidence” by depositions. See the
collection of affidavits taken in New Jersey from various officers and men of the
Regiment during the summer of 1770. The originals are in the PRO
, but copies appear in 12 Gay Transcripts
98–107, 112–114, 119–120, MHi