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This foot note contained in document ADMS-06-01-02-0032
2. Chief Justice Stephen Sewall (b. 1702), Harvard 1721, died on 10 Sept. 1760; he was Jonathan Sewall's uncle (Sibley-Shipton, Harvard Graduates , 6:561–567). The competition for succession to the vacancy in this high office had profound effects on Massachusetts politics and family alignments that lasted into the era of the Revolution. For JA 's views on the issue, see his Draft of a Letter of the Succession, 5 Nov. and note, Diary and Autobiography , 1:167–168.