Dined at Captn. Cobbs with Coll. G. Leonard, Paine, Leonard, young Cobb &C.1
1. John Rowe made a much fuller entry of the events of this day at Taunton court in his
“19 August Tuesday Rose Very Early this morng. Reachd Taunton at Noon dind there with
the Judges. Colo. Geo Leonard, Colo. Ephraim Leonard, Mr. Justice Williams and Mr.
Justice Elisha Toby who was this [day] Swore into his Office also Mr. Justice Fales
who is Clerk of this Court—had some Conversation with Colo. White and Mr. Adams on
the Affairs of Ebenezer Stedson with B and Edwd. Davis and Gave Mr. Adams A Guinea
as A fee. Spent the Evening at Mr. McQuarters with Mr. Adams, Mr. Leonard, Mr. Calef
Mr. Amiel Mr. Wm. Speakman and young Mr. Cobb" (MS, MHi; this entry is partially printed under the erroneous date of 12 Aug. in Rowe, Letters and Diary, p. 106–107).
The case in which JA and Col. Samuel White of Taunton were serving as Rowe’s counsel was that of “Benja.
Davis and als. vs. Ebenezer Stetson. Coll. White appld. this. posted to Mr. Rowe”
(JA’s annotated list of actions in Taunton, Plymouth, and Barnstable courts, 1764–1767,
Adams Papers, Microfilms, Reel No. 184).
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, 2015.