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Chronology
Chronology

Chronology

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Chronology

John Adams' Legal Career, 1756–1778

This listing includes a few events of general importance in John Adams' legal career, but it is primarily a chronology of his practice in the courts. Accordingly, each term of the Inferior and Superior Courts at which he is known to have been active is listed, with all available information as to the number of his cases there, whether tried to a conclusion or not. Since the sources are somewhat fragmentary, the information given is necessarily incomplete and varies in its accuracy from term to term. The number of Adams' cases at each term variously appears as (1) the number of writs drawn by him; (2) the number of writs served; (3) the number of entries (cases which he entered on the court's docket); or (4) the number of actions (cases in which he was engaged as counsel at any stage). Adams' appearances in other courts of the Province have ordinarily been listed only when they occurred in cases printed in the present edition.
The title of each Superior Court action which he is known to have argued to the court or tried to a jury appears under the term at which it was argued or tried, with his client's name printed in italics and the result indicated. All cases in which a discontinuance or default was entered are included in this listing, because these procedural steps often concealed the argument and decision of a legal question. A few important cases from other courts have also been listed in this fashion. Those cases printed in the Legal Papers (Nos. 1–64) are listed in capital letters under the courts to which each document printed in those cases has been attributed, again with Adams' clients' names italicized. Primary sources for the chronology include the Diary and Autobiography of John Adams, vols. 1–4; the Adams Family Correspondence, vols. 1–2; minute books and files of the several courts; and Adams' docket lists, Office Book, and other office documents in the Adams Papers. (The reader should, of course, realize that the court terms, although designated by months—e.g., “March Term”—were not always chronologically coterminous with the month in question. Thus, cases in the March Term might be heard in April, or even later.)
1756   August     Signs contract to read law with James Putnam of Worcester for two years.  
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1758   October     Returns from Worcester to live at Braintree.  
1758   November   Suffolk Inferior Court.   Admitted to practice.  
1758   December   Coram Josiah Quincy, justice of the peace.   Field v. Lambert (his first writ is abated).  
1759       Keeps Commonplace Book (Vol. 1:4–25).  
1759   July   Suffolk Inferior Court (at least 2 writs drawn).   Field v. Thayer (his first Inferior Court entry; “nonsuit, no defendant”).  
1760       Drafts essays on appointment of new chief justice and evils of licensed houses. Attacks “pettyfoggers” (unauthorized practitioners of law).  
1760   April   Suffolk Inferior Court (at least 3 writs drawn).    
1760   July   Suffolk Inferior Court (at least 9 writs drawn).    
1760   October   Suffolk Inferior Court (at least 7 writs drawn).    
1761   January   Suffolk Inferior Court (at least 10 writs drawn and one defendant's action; 8 entries for the year).    
1761   February   Suffolk Superior Court.   Lambard v. Tirrell (first Superior Court action; complaint for affirmation).  
1761   February   Suffolk Superior Court.   Petition of Lechmere, No. 44, Doc. I (takes minutes of James Otis' argument against writs of assistance).  
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1761   March     Involved in Braintree highway problems.  
1761   April     Drafts “abstract” of writs of assistance arguments (see No. 44, Doc. II).  
1761   April   Suffolk Inferior Court (at least 2 writs drawn).    
1761   July   Suffolk Inferior Court (at least 7 writs drawn).    
1761   October   Suffolk Inferior Court (at least 9 writs drawn).    
1761   November   Suffolk Superior Court (adjournment).   Admitted as an attorney.  
1762   January   Suffolk Inferior Court (at least 18 writs drawn; 36 entries for the year).    
1762   March     Begins serving on committees for the sale of town lands.  
1762   April   Suffolk Inferior Court (at least 9 writs drawn).    
1762   June   Bristol Inferior Court (his first known term of court outside Suffolk County).    
1762   July   Suffolk Inferior Court (40 writs drawn).    
1762   August   Suffolk Superior Court (at least 1 action).   Called as a barrister.  
1762   October   Suffolk Inferior Court (at least 21 writs drawn).    
1763   January   Suffolk Inferior Court (36 actions; 79 entries for the year).    
1763   February   Suffolk Superior Court (at least 2 actions).    
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1763   April   Suffolk Inferior Court (at least 11 writs drawn).    
1763   July   Suffolk Inferior Court (at least 14 writs drawn).    
1763   August   Suffolk Superior Court (at least 5 actions).    
1763   October   Suffolk Inferior Court (at least 19 writs drawn).    
1764   January   Suffolk Inferior Court (40 writs drawn; 21 entries; 43 entries for the year).    
1764   February   Suffolk Superior Court (at least 4 actions).   Alden v. Nightingale (chancery for Alden).  
1764   April   Suffolk Inferior Court (at least 24 writs served).    
1764   April   Plymouth Inferior Court (at least 1 action).    
1764   June   Bristol Inferior Court (4 actions).    
1764   July   Suffolk Inferior Court (at least 25 writs served).    
1764   July   Plymouth Inferior Court (13 actions).    
1764   August   Suffolk Superior Court (at least 1 action).   Daniels v. Smith (plea in abatement for Smith).  
1764   September   Bristol Inferior Court (5 actions).    
1764   October   Suffolk Inferior Court (at least 20 writs served).    
1764   October   Plymouth Inferior Court (11 actions).    
1764   October   Bristol Superior Court (3 actions).   Wheat v. Witherel (jury for Witherel).    
1764   October   Bristol Superior Court (3 actions).   Harvey v. Brittan (reffered to JA and two others).  
1764   December   Bristol Inferior Court (3 actions).    
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1765   January     Joins Jeremiah Gridley's “sodality,” a small group meeting in Boston for the study of legal history and theory.    
1765   January   Suffolk Inferior Court (at least 34 writs served; 73 entries for the year).    
1765   January   Plymouth Inferior Court (10 actions).    
1765   March     Elected surveyor of highways in Braintree.  
1765   March   Suffolk Superior Court (at least 5 actions).  
1765   March   Suffolk Superior Court (at least 5 actions).   Ingersole v. Viscount (referred to JA and two other lawyers).  
1765   March   Suffolk Superior Court (at least 5 actions).   Bacon v. Hall (jury for Hall).  
1765   March   Suffolk Superior Court (at least 5 actions).   Flagg v. Ritchie (jury for Ritchie).  
1765   April   Plymouth Inferior Court (9 actions).    
1765   April   Suffolk Inferior Court (at least 31 writs served).    
1765   May   Bristol Inferior Court (3 actions).    
1765   May   Plymouth Superior Court (1 action).    
1765   June   Pownalborough Inferior Court   First trip into Maine.  
1765   July   Plymouth Inferior Court (8 actions).    
1765   July   Suffolk Inferior Court (at least 39 writs served).    
1765   August   Bristol Inferior Court (8 actions).    
1765   August   Suffolk Superior Court (8 actions).   Johnson v. Hewes (jury for Johnson).    
1765   August   Suffolk Superior Court (8 actions).   Hale v. Hurd (jury for Hurd).    
1765   August   Suffolk Superior Court (8 actions).   Hale v. Ivers (jury for Ivers).    
1765   August   Suffolk Superior Court (8 actions).   Adams v. Ingraham (jury for Ingraham).    
1765   August   Suffolk Superior Court (8 actions).   Richards v. Tyler (Tyler discontinues).  
1765   August   Reference from Barnstable and Dukes County Superior Court. At Martha's Vineyard.   BASSETT v. MAYHEW, No. 1, Docs. I, II (report for Mayhew et al.).    
1765   August–October     Publishes “A Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law” (a paper earlier prepared for the “sodality”) in three installments in the Boston Gazette.  
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1765   September     Composes the Braintree Instructions, denouncing the Stamp Act.  
1765   October   Suffolk Inferior Court (at least 30 writs served).    
1765   October   Plymouth Inferior Court (10 actions).    
1765   October   Bristol Superior Court (2 actions).    
1765   December     Argues for Boston before the Governor and Council that the courts be reopened without stamped paper.  
1766   January     Publishes “Clarendon” letters in the Boston Gazette asserting American rights under the British Constitution.  
1766   March     Elected a Braintree selectman.  
1766   April   Plymouth Inferior Court (10 actions).   WADSWORTH v. LORING, No. 34, Doc. I (jury for Wadsworth; appeal).  
1766   April   Suffolk Inferior Court (at least 22 writs served; 22 actions; 62 entries for the year).    
1766   May   Bristol Inferior Court (3 actions).    
1766   May   Plymouth Superior Court (11 actions).   Belcher v. Hunt (jury for Hunt).  
1766   May   Plymouth Superior Court (11 actions).   Jones v. Barker (jury for Jones).  
1766   May   Plymouth Superior Court (11 actions).   Robins v. Turner (Robins nonsuited).  
1766   May   Plymouth Superior Court (11 actions).   Brayton v. Gardner (Brayton discontinues).  
1766   May   Plymouth Superior Court (11 actions).   Prince v. Cushing (jury for Cushing).  
1766   June   Suffolk Superior Court (adjournment; at least 6 actions).  
1766   June   Suffolk Superior Court (adjournment; at least 6 actions).   Hewes v. Johnson (jury for Johnson).  
1766   June   Suffolk Superior Court (adjournment; at least 6 actions).   Brattle v. Murray (jury for Brattle).  
1766   June   Suffolk Superior Court (adjournment; at least 6 actions).   Curtis v. Randall (Randall defaults).  
1766   July   Plymouth Inferior Court (8 actions).    
1766   July   Suffolk Inferior Court (at least 16 writs served).    
1766   August   Bristol Inferior Court (4 actions).    
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1766   August   Suffolk Superior Court (13 actions).   Peck v. Prat (jury for Prat).  
1766   August   Suffolk Superior Court (13 actions).   ROXBUKY v. BOSTON, No. 24 (appeal dismissed).  
1766   August   Suffolk Superior Court (13 actions).   Rutland Proprietors v. Minot (jury for Minot).  
1766   August   Suffolk Superior Court (13 actions).   Pynchon v. Brewster (jury for Pynchon).  
1766   August   Suffolk Superior Court (13 actions).   ALCOCK v. WARDEN, No. 8 (takes minutes).  
1766   August   Suffolk Superior Court (13 actions).   PROUT v. MINOT, No. 13, Doc. II (takes minutes).  
1766   October   Suffolk Inferior Court (at least 5 writs drawn).    
1766   October   Plymouth Inferior Court (11 actions).   PLYMPTON v. MIDDLEBORO, No. 25, Docs. I, II (judgment for Middleboro).  
1766   October   Bristol Superior Court (3 actions).   Stetson v. Davis (jury for Davis).  
1766   November   Essex Superior Court   SLEW v. WHIPPLE, No. 38, Docs. I, II (takes minutes).  
1766   December   Plymouth Inferior Court (5 actions).    
1767   January   Suffolk Inferior Court (at least 17 writs drawn; 59 entries for the year).    
1767   March   Suffolk Inferior Court (7 actions).   Harding v. Davis (Harding discontinues).  
1767   March   Suffolk Inferior Court (7 actions).   Kellock v. Morse (jury for Morse).  
1767   April   Barnstable Inferior Court (25 actions).   COTTON v. NYE, No. 3, Docs. II , III (jury for Cotton; appeal).  
1767   April   Plymouth Inferior Court (2 actions).    
1767   April   Suffolk Inferior Court (at least 8 writs drawn).    
1767   May   Barnstable and Dukes County Superior Court (4 actions).   COTTON v. NYE, No. 3, Docs. IV, V, VI (jury for Cotton; motion in arrest of judgment).  
1767   May   Plymouth Superior Court (16 actions).   Morse v. Rochester (jury for Morse).  
1767   May   Plymouth Superior Court (16 actions).   Woodworth v. Haden (jury for Woodworth).  
1767   May   Plymouth Superior Court (16 actions).   Latham v. Turner (Turner defaults).  
1767   May   Plymouth Superior Court (16 actions).   Scot v. Bridgham (jury for Scot).  
1767   May   Plymouth Superior Court (16 actions).   Hickling v. Bridgham (jury for Bridgham).  
1767   May   Plymouth Superior Court (16 actions).   Barker v. Jones (jury for Barker).  
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1767   July   Plymouth Inferior Court (13 actions).    
1767   July   Suffolk Inferior Court (at least 14 writs drawn).    
1767   August   Suffolk Superior Court (27 actions).   R. Gibbs v. H. Gibbs (jury for H. Gibbs).  
1767   August   Suffolk Superior Court (27 actions).   Lamson v. Butter (jury for Lamson).  
1767   August   Suffolk Superior Court (27 actions).   Nightingale v. Curtis (jury for Nightingale).  
1767   August   Suffolk Superior Court (27 actions).   Gray v. Cotton (special verdict; continued).  
1767   August   Suffolk Superior Court (27 actions).   Smith v. Noble (jury for Noble).  
1767   September   Bristol Inferior Court (11 actions).    
1767   September   Worcester Superior Court (at least 4 actions).   Brown v. Tyler (jury for Brown).  
1767   September   Worcester Superior Court (at least 4 actions).   Ward v. Draper (Ward discontinues).  
1767   September   Worcester Superior Court (at least 4 actions).   Green v. Murray (jury for Green).  
1767   September   Worcester Superior Court (at least 4 actions).   King v. Gardiner (jury for Gardiner).  
1767   September   Barnstable Inferior Court (2 actions).    
1767   October   Suffolk Inferior Court (at least 10 writs drawn).    
1767   October   Plymouth Inferior Court (14 actions).    
1767   October   Bristol Superior Court (8 actions).   Hodges v. Gilmore (jury for Hodges).  
1767   October   Bristol Superior Court (8 actions).   Pratt v. Miller (jury for Pratt).  
1767   October   Bristol Superior Court (8 actions).   Reed v. Jones (writ abated).  
1767   October   Middlesex Superior Court (1 action).   Natick v. Winn (jury for Winn).  
1767   November   Middlesex Inferior Court (12 actions).    
1767   December   Barnstable Inferior Court (6 actions).   WINSLOW v. CLARK, No. 35, Doc. II (jury for Clark).  
1767   December   Plymouth Inferior Court (16 actions).    
1768   January   Suffolk Inferior Court (at least 18 writs drawn; 77 entries for the year).    
1768   January   Vice Admiralty Court.   DOANE v. GAGE, No. 43, Docs. I, III, IV (his first known case in Admiralty).  
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1768   February   Supreme Court of Probate.   CLAP'S WILL, No. 15 (represents Samuel Clap et al.; decree for Samuel Clap et al.).  
1768   March   Declines to stand again for Braintree selectman.    
1768   March   Suffolk Superior Court (17 actions).   Apthorp v. Price (jury for Apthorp).  
1768   March   Suffolk Superior Court (17 actions).   Richmond v. Davis (judgment for Davis).  
1768   March   Suffolk Superior Court (17 actions).   Gay v. Simpson (jury for Gay).  
1768   March   Suffolk Superior Court (17 actions).   Nightingale v. Curtis (jury for Curtis).  
1768   March   Suffolk Superior Court (17 actions).   French v. Bagley (jury for French).  
1768   March   Suffolk Superior Court (17 actions).   Belcher v. Capen (jury for Capen).  
1768   March   Suffolk Superior Court (17 actions).   APTHORP v. GARDINER, No. 9, Doc. IV (takes minutes).  
1768   March   Middlesex Inferior Court (21 actions).   DOUGHERTY v. LITTLE, No. 23 (jury for Dougherty; appeal).  
1768   March   Middlesex Inferior Court (21 actions).   PIERCE v. WRIGHT, No. 36, Doc. II (verdict for Pierce; appeal).  
1768   March   Vice Admiralty Court.   FOLGER v. THE CORNELIA, No. 45, Docs. I–III (decree for Hallowell et al.).  
1768   April     Moves to the “White House” in Brattle Square, Boston.  
1768   April   Plymouth Inferior Court (23 actions).    
1768   April   Suffolk Inferior Court (at least 9 writs drawn).    
1768   May   Barnstable and Dukes County Superior Court (11 actions).   Lovell v. Hamblin (jury for Lovell).  
1768   May   Barnstable and Dukes County Superior Court (11 actions).   Tilden v. Bigford (jury for Tilden).  
1768   May   Barnstable and Dukes County Superior Court (11 actions).   Tilton v. Hilman (jury for Hilman).  
1768   May   Barnstable and Dukes County Superior Court (11 actions).   Baker v. Crocker (jury for Baker).  
1768   May   Barnstable and Dukes County Superior Court (11 actions).   Price v. Cathcart (jury for Cathcart).  
1768   May   Plymouth Superior Court (16 actions).   Belcher v. Hunt (jury for Belcher).  
1768   May   Plymouth Superior Court (16 actions).   Hooper v. Keith (Hooper nonsuited; confesses judgment).  
1768   May   Plymouth Superior Court (16 actions).   Sears v. Davis (jury for Davis).  
1768   May   Plymouth Superior Court (16 actions).   ESSANE v. DOTEY, No. 28, Docs. III, IV (judgment for Essane).  
1768   May   Middlesex Inferior Court.   MARGARET v. MUZZY, No. 40 (writ filed by Jonathan Sewall).  
1768   June     Writes Instructions to the Boston representatives to the General Court protesting seizure of John Hancock's sloop Liberty.  
1768   July   Plymouth Inferior Court (5 actions).   KEEN v. TURNER, No. 14, Doc. I (jury for Turner; appeal).  
1768   July   Suffolk Inferior Court (50 actions).  
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1768   August   Suffolk Superior Court (40 actions).   Cotton v. Mollineux (jury for Cotton).  
1768   August   Suffolk Superior Court (40 actions).   Hyslop v. Welch (jury for Hyslop).  
1768   August   Suffolk Superior Court (40 actions).   Tyler v. Story (jury for Tyler).  
1768   August   Suffolk Superior Court (40 actions).   Kingsbury v. Needham (jury for Kingsbury).  
1768   August   Suffolk Superior Court (40 actions).   Quincy v. Glidden (jury for Quincy).  
1768   August   Suffolk Superior Court (40 actions).   Bourn v. Sweetzer (Sweetzer defaults).  
1768   August   Suffolk Superior Court (40 actions).   Paxton v. Story (Story defaults; continued).  
1768   August   Suffolk Superior Court (40 actions).   Greenough v. Welch (Welch defaults).  
1768   August   Suffolk Superior Court (40 actions).   Mollineux v. Cotton (Cotton defaults).  
1768   September   Middlesex Inferior Court (12 actions).   GAGE v. HEADLEY, No. 29 (result unknown).  
1768   September   Worcester Superior Court (at least 8 actions).   Baldwin, appellant at the King's suit (jury for Baldwin).  
1768   September   Worcester Superior Court (at least 8 actions).   Temple v. How (jury for How).  
1768   September   Worcester Superior Court (at least 8 actions).   Jordan v. McIntire (jury for McIntire).  
1768   September   Worcester Superior Court (at least 8 actions).   Jennison v. Stone (jury for Jennison).  
1768   September   Worcester Superior Court (at least 8 actions).   Rex v. Quinn (assigned as counsel; Quinn acquitted of rape and remanded for trial on attempted rape).  
1768   September   Hampshire and Berkshire Superior Court (at least 2 actions).   NEWPORT v. BILLING, No. 39 (jury for Billing).  
1768   October   Suffolk Inferior Court (27 actions).    
1768   October   Bristol Superior Court (at least 6 actions).   Pope v. Church (jury for Church).  
1768   October   Bristol Superior Court (at least 6 actions).   Hill v. White (3 actions; Hill nonsuited).  
1768   October   Bristol Superior Court (at least 6 actions).   Hathaway v. Strange (special verdict; continued).  
1768   October   Bristol Superior Court (at least 6 actions).   McWharter v. Ingersoll (jury for Ingersoll).  
1768   October   Middlesex Superior Court (at least 6 actions).   Whitney v. Prat (chancery for Whitney; 1d).  
1768   October   Middlesex Superior Court (at least 6 actions).   Wesson v. Brewer (jury for Brewer).  
1768   October   Middlesex Superior Court (at least 6 actions).   Vassall v. Billings (jury for Vassall).  
1768   October   Middlesex Superior Court (at least 6 actions).   Pierce v. Wright (jury for Pierce; motion in arrest of judgment; see No. 36).  
1768   October   Middlesex Superior Court (at least 6 actions).   Sampson v. Sheaf (jury for Sampson).  
1768   November   Essex Superior Court (at least 4 actions).   Peele v. Allen (jury for Allen).  
1768   November   Essex Superior Court (at least 4 actions).   Stacey v. Malcom (jury for Stacey).  
1768   November   Essex Superior Court (at least 4 actions).   Stacey v. Vernon (jury for Stacey).  
1768   November   Suffolk Court of General Sessions.   BROOKLINE v. ROXBURY, No. 27, Docs. I–IV (judgment for Brookline).  
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1768   November   Vice Admiralty Court.   SEWALL v. HANCOCK, No. 46 (libel filed).  
1768   November   Vice Admiralty Court.   DOWSE v. 33 HOGSHEADS, No. 47 (decree of forfeiture).  
1768   November   Vice Admiralty Court.   SHEAFFE v. THE TRITON, No. 48 (takes minutes).  
1768   December   Vice Admiralty Court.   DOWSE v. 19 HOGSHEADS, No. 49 (makes notes).  
1768   December   Essex Inferior Court.   Bancroft v. Lee (judgment for Lee; appeal; see No. 10).  
1769   January   Suffolk Inferior Court (58 actions).    
1769   Spring     Moves to Cold (or Cole) Lane, Boston.  
1769   March   Suffolk Superior Court (at least 37 actions).   GILL v. MEIN, No. 5 (jury for Gill; motion for new trial).  
1769   March   Suffolk Superior Court (at least 37 actions).   Gardiner v. North (jury for North).  
1769   March   Suffolk Superior Court (at least 37 actions).   Dorchester Inhabitants v. Randall (jury for Dorchester).  
1769   March   Suffolk Superior Court (at least 37 actions).   Pemberton v. Sparhawk (jury for Sparhawk).  
1769   March   Suffolk Superior Court (at least 37 actions).   Miller v. Vose (Vose defaults; two actions).  
1769   March   Suffolk Superior Court (at least 37 actions).   McCarrell v. Renton (Renton defaults).  
1769   March   Suffolk Superior Court (at least 37 actions).   Lewis v. Jones (jury for Jones).  
1769   March   Suffolk Superior Court (at least 37 actions).   Needham v. Kingsbury (jury for Needham).  
1769   March   Suffolk Superior Court (at least 37 actions).   Elmes v. Cudworth (jury for Cudworth).  
1769   March   Suffolk Superior Court (at least 37 actions).   Johnson v. Leadbetter (jury for Johnson).  
1769   March   Suffolk Superior Court (at least 37 actions).   Gordon v. Stanley (jury for Stanley).  
1769   March   Suffolk Superior Court (at least 37 actions).   Hancock v. Cutler (jury for Hancock).  
1769   March   Suffolk Superior Court (at least 37 actions).   Anthony v. Strong (jury for Strong; verdict set aside by agreement; continued).  
1769   March   Suffolk Superior Court (at least 37 actions).   Petition of Savil (granted).  
1769   March   Vice Admiralty Court.   SEWALL v. HANCOCK, No. 46 (prosecution dropped).  
1769   April   Middlesex Superior Court (at least 5 actions).   Pierce v. Wright (judgment for Pierce in accordance with verdict; see No. 36).  
1769   April   Middlesex Superior Court (at least 5 actions).   Boardman v. Inhabitants of Charlestown (jury for Charlestown).  
1769   April   Middlesex Superior Court (at least 5 actions).   Perry v. Cary (jury for Cary).  
1769   April   Suffolk Inferior Court (72 actions).    
1769   April   Suffolk Court of General Sessions.   CHELSEA v. BOSTON, No. 26 (petition filed).  
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1769   May   Writes Instructions for the Boston representatives to the General Court protesting the presence of British troops and the growing power of Admiralty courts.  
1769   May   Worcester Inferior Court.   GREEN v. WASHBURN, No. 37 (jury for Green).  
1769   May   Plymouth Superior Court (at least 14 actions).   Jackson v. Brewster (jury for Brewster).  
1769   May   Plymouth Superior Court (at least 14 actions).   White v. Winsor (jury for Winsor).  
1769   May   Plymouth Superior Court (at least 14 actions).   Northey v. Cashing (jury for Cushing).  
1769   May   Plymouth Superior Court (at least 14 actions).   KEEN v. TURNER, No. 14, Doc. II (jury for Turner).  
1769   May   Plymouth Superior Court (at least 14 actions).   CLAP v. RANDALL, No. 16 (jury for Randall).  
1769   May   Plymouth Superior Court (at least 14 actions).   Bradford v. Foster (jury for Foster).  
1769   May   Plymouth Superior Court (at least 14 actions).   Latham, appellant at the suit of the King (guilty of an assault only).  
1769   May   Vice Admiralty Court.   SURVEYOR GENERAL v. LOGS, No. 54 (decree of forfeiture).  
1769   May   Vice Admiralty Court.   Enters 20 in personam actions under White Pine Acts between May and September.  
1769   May   Special Court of Admiralty for the Trial of Piracies.   REX v. CORBET, No. 56, Docs. I–IV (pleas to the jurisdiction entered; adjourned until June).  
1769   May   Suffolk Court of General Sessions.   REX v. MOISE AND READER, No. 61 (takes minutes).  
1769   June   Special Court of Admiralty.   REX v. CORBET, No. 56, Docs. V, VI (defendants acquitted).  
1769   June   Essex Superior Court (at least 7 actions).  
1769   June   Essex Superior Court (at least 7 actions).   Bartlett v. White (jury for Bartlett).  
1769   June   Essex Superior Court (at least 7 actions).   BANCROFT v. LEE, No. 10, Doc. I (jury for Bancroft; review).  
1769   June   Essex Superior Court (at least 7 actions).   Malcom v. Stacey; Vernon v. Stacey (referred to JA and three other lawyers).  
1769   June   Essex Superior Court (at least 7 actions).   Bayley v. Swasey (jury for Swasey).  
1769   June   Essex Superior Court (at least 7 actions).   Follansbee v. Pearson (jury for Follansbee).  
1769   June   Essex Superior Court (at least 7 actions).   Thurston v. Pingry (jury for Thurston; see No. 31).  
1769   June   Cumberland and Lincoln Superior Court (at least 8 actions).   Hutchins v. Boynton (jury for Hutchins).  
1769   June   Cumberland and Lincoln Superior Court (at least 8 actions).   Gardiner v. Tyng (jury for Gardiner).  
1769   June   Cumberland and Lincoln Superior Court (at least 8 actions).   Gardiner v. Carlton (jury for Gardiner).  
1769   June   Cumberland and Lincoln Superior Court (at least 8 actions).   Gardiner v. Loring (Gardiner discontinues).  
1769   June   Cumberland and Lincoln Superior Court (at least 8 actions).   Philbrook v. Tyng (Tyng discontinues).  
1769   June   Cumberland and Lincoln Superior Court (at least 8 actions).   Bowdoin v. Springer (jury for Bowdoin).  
1769   June   Cumberland and Lincoln Superior Court (at least 8 actions).   Kennebec Proprietors v. Lovejoy (Proprietors discontinue).  
1769   July   Suffolk Inferior Court (76 actions).    
1769   July   Vice Admiralty Court.   BUTLER v. THE UNION, No. 50 (libel dismissed).  
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1769   August     Takes Jonathan Williams Austin and William Tudor into his office as law clerks.  
1769   August   Suffolk Superior Court (63 actions).   Warren v. Green (jury for Warren).  
1769   August   Suffolk Superior Court (63 actions).   Halden v. Bracket (jury for Bracket).  
1769   August   Suffolk Superior Court (63 actions).   Sigourney v. Russell (jury for Sigourney).  
1769   August   Suffolk Superior Court (63 actions).   White v. Ward (jury for White).  
1769   August   Suffolk Superior Court (63 actions).   Russell v. Sigourney (Russell nonsuited).  
1769   August   Suffolk Superior Court (63 actions).   Gill v. Mein (motion for new trial withdrawn; judgment according to verdict; see No. 5).  
1769   August   Suffolk Superior Court (63 actions).   Godfrey v. Macomber (writ of error; affirmed).  
1769   August   Suffolk Superior Court (63 actions).   Anthony v. Strong (jury for Anthony).  
1769   August   Suffolk Superior Court (63 actions).   Russell v. Dupee (jury for Dupee).  
1769   August   Suffolk Superior Court (63 actions).   Hickling v. Holland (jury for Holland).  
1769   August   Suffolk Superior Court (63 actions).   Warren v. Gardiner (jury for Warren).  
1769   August   Suffolk Superior Court (63 actions).   Gardiner v. Roberts (Roberts defaults).  
1769   August   Suffolk Superior Court (63 actions).   McLane v. Allen (jury for McLane).  
1769   August   Suffolk Superior Court (63 actions).   Elmes v. Cudworth (Elmes discontinues).  
1769   August   Suffolk Superior Court (63 actions).   Randall v. Dorchester Proprietors (Randall nonsuited).  
1769   August   Suffolk Superior Court (63 actions).   Hake v. Barret (jury for Barret).  
1769   August   Suffolk Superior Court (63 actions).   W. Torrey v. J. Torrey (directed verdict for J. Torrey).  
1769   October   Suffolk Inferior Court (85 actions).    
1769   October   Bristol Superior Court (at least 2 actions).    
1769   October   Middlesex Superior Court (at least 4 actions).   Brooks v. Northe Yarmouth (jury for Brooks).  
1769   October   Middlesex Superior Court (at least 4 actions).   Cutler v. Jones (jury for Jones).  
1769   October   Middlesex Superior Court (at least 4 actions).   Neal v. Bowes (jury for Neal).  
1769   October   Vice Admiralty Court Arbitration.   DOANE v. GAGE, No. 43, Doc. II (result unknown).  
1769   November   Essex Superior Court (at least 4 actions).   LEE v. CROWNINGSHIELD, No. 11 (jury for Lee).  
1769   November   Essex Superior Court (at least 4 actions).   Sutton v. Dole (jury for Dole).  
1769   November   Essex Superior Court (at least 4 actions).   Rex v. Eames (defendants acquitted).  
1769   December   Suffolk Superior Court (adjournment).   REX v. ROSS, No. 60 (takes minutes).  
1770   January   Suffolk Inferior Court (at least 27 writs drawn; 94 entries for the year).    
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1770   February 22     Shooting of Seider boy by Ebenezer Richardson (see No. 59).  
1770   March 5     The Boston Massacre.  
1770   March   Suffolk Superior Court (at least 43 actions).   Wingfield v. Bryant (jury for Bryant).  
1770   March   Suffolk Superior Court (at least 43 actions).   Hurst v. Blanchard (2 actions; jury for Hurst).  
1770   March   Suffolk Superior Court (at least 43 actions).   Fisher v. Ames (jury for Ames).  
1770   March   Suffolk Superior Court (at least 43 actions).   Williams v. Ainsley (jury for Williams).  
1770   March   Suffolk Superior Court (at least 43 actions).   Inches v. Langdon (jury for Inches).  
1770   March   Suffolk Superior Court (at least 43 actions).   Loring v. Stewart (2 actions; jury for Loring).  
1770   March   Suffolk Superior Court (at least 43 actions).   Anderson v. Clark (jury for Anderson).  
1770   March   Suffolk Superior Court (at least 43 actions).   Winship v. Corthell (jury for Corthell).  
1770   March   Suffolk Superior Court (at least 43 actions).   L. Tyler v. A. Tyler (jury for L. Tyler).  
1770   March   Suffolk Superior Court (at least 43 actions).   Hirons v. Cudworth (jury for Hirons).  
1770   March   Suffolk Superior Court (at least 43 actions).   Dupee v. Needham (jury for Dupee).  
1770   March   Suffolk Superior Court (at least 43 actions).   Dupee et al. v. Needham (jury for Needham).  
1770   March   Suffolk Superior Court (at least 43 actions).   Russell v. Dupee (Russell discontinues).  
1770   March   Suffolk Superior Court (at least 43 actions).   Rogers v. Green (jury for Green).  
1770   March   Suffolk Superior Court (at least 43 actions).   Greenlaw v. Lawrence (jury for Lawrence).  
1770   March   Suffolk Superior Court (at least 43 actions).   REX v. PRESTON, No. 63, Doc. I (Preston and Wemms et al., No. 64, indicted).  
1770   April   Middlesex Superior Court (at least 2 actions).   Little v. Ivory (jury for Ivory).  
1770   April   Suffolk Inferior Court (66 writs drawn; 15 defendants' actions).    
1770   April   Suffolk Superior Court (adjournment).   REX v. RICHARDSON, No. 59, Docs. I, II (trial; verdict of guilty; adjournment for sentencing).  
1770   May   Barnstable and Dukes County Superior Court (at least 1 action).   Thomas v. Fuller (jury for Fuller).  
1770   May   Plymouth Superior Court (at least 2 actions).   M. Keene v. L. Keene (jury for L. Keene).  
1770   May   Plymouth Superior Court (at least 2 actions).   Gardner v. Dunbar (jury for Dunbar).  
1770   June     Elected a representative to the General Court from Boston.  
1770   June   Essex Superior Court (at least 4 actions).   Ober v. Ellis (jury for Ellis).  
1770   June   Essex Superior Court (at least 4 actions).   Lee v. Goodhue (jury for Goodhue).  
1770   June   Essex Superior Court (at least 4 actions).   S. Kent v. J. Kent (jury for J. Kent).  
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1770   July   Cumberland and Lincoln Superior Court (at least 11 actions).   Falmouth v. Wiswall (2 actions; Falmouth discontinues).  
1770   July   Cumberland and Lincoln Superior Court (at least 11 actions).   Bowdoin v. Branch (jury for Bowdoin).  
1770   July   Cumberland and Lincoln Superior Court (at least 11 actions).   Bailey v. Bodkin (jury for Bailey).  
1770   July   Cumberland and Lincoln Superior Court (at least 11 actions).   Jones v. Cook (jury for Jones).  
1770   July   Cumberland and Lincoln Superior Court (at least 11 actions).   Kennebec Proprietors v. Lovejoy (jury for Lovejoy).  
1770   July   Suffolk Inferior Court (at least 26 writs drawn).    
1770   August   Suffolk Superior Court (91 actions).   Keen v. Turner (jury for Turner).  
1770   August   Suffolk Superior Court (91 actions).   White v. Weymouth Inhabitants (jury for Weymouth).  
1770   August   Suffolk Superior Court (91 actions).   Robbins v. Boies (chancery for Boies; 1d.; no costs).  
1770   August   Suffolk Superior Court (91 actions).   Winslow v. Man (Man defaults).  
1770   August   Suffolk Superior Court (91 actions).   Bracket v. Gridley (jury for Bracket).  
1770   August   Suffolk Superior Court (91 actions).   Barber v. Annable (Annable defaults).  
1770   September   Suffolk Superior Court.   REX v. RICHARDSON, No. 59, Doc. III (motion for new trial heard).  
1770   October   Suffolk Inferior Court (42 writs drawn; 6 defendants' actions).  
1770   October   Bristol Superior Court (at least 7 actions).   Hallowell v. Austin (Austin discontinues).  
1770   October   Bristol Superior Court (at least 7 actions).   Smith v. Fish (jury for Smith).  
1770   October   Bristol Superior Court (at least 7 actions).   Richmond v. Walker (Richmond discontinues).  
1770   October   Bristol Superior Court (at least 7 actions).   Smith v. Shearman (Shearman discontinues).  
1770   October   Bristol Superior Court (at least 7 actions).   Hathaway v. Strange (judgment for Strange on special verdict).  
1770   October   Suffolk Superior Court (adjournment).   REX v. PRESTON, No. 63, Docs. II–XIV (Preston acquitted).  
1770   October   Middlesex Superior Court (at least 3 actions).   Muzzy v. Margaret (jury for Margaret; see No. 40).  
1770   October   Middlesex Superior Court (at least 3 actions).   Proctor v. Conant (jury for Conant).  
1770   November   Essex Superior Court (at least 5 actions).   Lee v. Bancroft (withdrawn from the jury; see No. 10).  
1770   November   Suffolk Superior Court (adjournment).   REX v. WEMMS, No. 64, Docs. I–XXV (six defendants acquitted; two, guilty of manslaughter, plead benefit of clergy).  
1770   December     Moved this year to “another House in Brattle Square.”  
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1771   January     Begins to keep PLEADINGS BOOK (Vol. 1:26–86).  
1771   January   Suffolk Inferior Court (62 writs drawn; 63 actions).   LONGMAN v. MEIN, No. 12, Doc. II (2 actions; Mein loses both).  
1771   February   Suffolk Superior Court (at least 57 actions).   Warren v. Apthorp (3 actions; jury for Warren).  
1771   February   Suffolk Superior Court (at least 57 actions).   Bowker v. Willson (Willson defaults).  
1771   February   Suffolk Superior Court (at least 57 actions).   Lloyd v. Monroe (jury for Monroe).  
1771   February   Suffolk Superior Court (at least 57 actions).   Cudworth v. Hirons (jury for Hirons).  
1771   February   Suffolk Superior Court (at least 57 actions).   Cooper v. Williams (jury for Cooper).  
1771   February   Suffolk Superior Court (at least 57 actions).   Lemasne v. Dennie (Lemasne nonsuited).  
1771   February   Suffolk Superior Court (at least 57 actions).   Hayley v. Allen (Allen defaults).  
1771   February   Suffolk Superior Court (at least 57 actions).   Warren v. Swift (Swift discontinues).  
1771   February   Suffolk Superior Court (at least 57 actions).   Winship v. Corthell (Winship nonsuited).  
1771   February   Suffolk Superior Court (at least 57 actions).   Blanchard v. Leonard (jury for Blanchard).  
1771   February   Suffolk Superior Court (at least 57 actions).   Fisher v. Ames (jury for Ames).  
1771   February   Suffolk Superior Court (at least 57 actions).   Taylor v. Perry (jury for Taylor).  
1771   February   Suffolk Superior Court (at least 57 actions).   Gray v. Proctor (jury for Gray).  
1771   February   Suffolk Superior Court (at least 57 actions).   Redman v. McKendry (jury for Redman).  
1771   February   Suffolk Superior Court (at least 57 actions).   J. Prout v. T. Prout (T. Prout discontinues).  
1771   February   Suffolk Superior Court (at least 57 actions).   Keen v. Spear (jury for Keen; continued for judgment).  
1771   February   Suffolk Superior Court (at least 57 actions).   Gridley v. Bracket (jury for Gridley).  
1771   February   Suffolk Superior Court (at least 57 actions).   J. Reed v. Henshaw (jury for Henshaw).  
1771   February   Suffolk Superior Court (at least 57 actions).   D. Reed v. Henshaw (jury for Henshaw).  
1771   April     Moves back to Braintree, retaining office in Queen (now Court) Street, Boston.  
1771   April   Middlesex Superior Court (at least 2 actions).   JOSSELYNE v. HARRINGTON, No. 30, Doc. III (apparently represented Josselyne; judgment for Josselyne).  
1771   April   Suffolk Inferior Court (80 writs drawn; 9 defendants' actions).    
1771   April   Worcester Superior Court (at least 4 actions).   Rice v. Bigelow (jury for Rice).  
1771   April   Worcester Superior Court (at least 4 actions).   Pierpont v. Cutler (withdrawn from jury; continued).  
1771   April   Worcester Superior Court (at least 4 actions).   How v. Beaman (jury for Beaman; 1d.).  
1771   April   Worcester Superior Court (at least 4 actions).   Sutton Inhabitants v. Hall (tried in part and continued).  
1771   May   Plymouth Superior Court (at least 4 actions).   Hayden v. Curtis (jury for Curtis).  
1771   May   Plymouth Superior Court (at least 4 actions).   Watson v. Caesar (jury for Caesar).  
1771   May   Plymouth Superior Court (at least 4 actions).   Sears v. Watson (jury for Sears).  
1771   May   Plymouth Superior Court (at least 4 actions).   Haward v. Shurtlif (Shurtlif discontinues).  
1771   June   Essex Superior Court (at least 6 actions).   BURNAM v. MUGFORD, No. 4 (jury for Mugford).  
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1771   June   Essex Superior Court (at least 6 actions).   Elwell v. Fletcher (jury for Elwell).  
1771   June   Essex Superior Court (at least 6 actions).   Sawyer v. McNeil (jury for McNeil).  
1771   June   Essex Superior Court (at least 6 actions).   LEE v. BANCROFT, No. 10, Doc. II (tried in part and continued).  
1771   June   Essex Superior Court (at least 6 actions).   SMITH v. FULLER, No. 21, Doc. III (tried in part; juror withdrawn; continued).  
1771   July   Cumberland and Lincoln Superior Court (at least 7 actions).   Child v. Freeman (jury for Freeman).  
1771   July   Cumberland and Lincoln Superior Court (at least 7 actions).   J. Tyng v. Gardiner (jury find specially).  
1771   July   Cumberland and Lincoln Superior Court (at least 7 actions).   Tuck v. Morrill (jury for Tuck).  
1771   July   Cumberland and Lincoln Superior Court (at least 7 actions).   Gardiner v. Thompson (jury for Gardiner).  
1771   July   Cumberland and Lincoln Superior Court (at least 7 actions).   Philpot v. Cushing (Philpot discontinues).  
1771   July   Suffolk Inferior Court (58 writs drawn; 70 actions).   GRAY v. PITTS, No. 6, Doc. I (jury for Gray; appeal).  
1771   August   Suffolk Superior Court (at least 47 actions).   Ruggles v. Doane (Ruggles discontinues).  
1771   August   Suffolk Superior Court (at least 47 actions).   Pemberton v. Sparhawk (jury for Pemberton).  
1771   August   Suffolk Superior Court (at least 47 actions).   Curtis v. Hayward (jury for Curtis).  
1771   August   Suffolk Superior Court (at least 47 actions).   Ainsley v. Williams (jury for Ainsley).  
1771   August   Suffolk Superior Court (at least 47 actions).   Longman v. Mein (jury for Longman; see No. 12).  
1771   August   Suffolk Superior Court (at least 47 actions).   Mein v. Wright & Gill (jury for Wright & Gill; see No. 12).  
1771   August   Suffolk Superior Court (at least 47 actions).   Henshaw v. Jackson (jury for Jackson).  
1771   August   Suffolk Superior Court (at least 47 actions).   Henshaw v. Wendell (jury for Wendell).  
1771   August   Suffolk Superior Court (at least 47 actions).   Langdon v. Barber (jury for Barber).  
1771   August   Suffolk Superior Court (at least 47 actions).   Palmes v. Greenleaf (jury for Greenleaf).  
1771   August   Suffolk Superior Court (at least 47 actions).   Dennie v. Reeves (Dennie discontinues).  
1771   August   Suffolk Superior Court (at least 47 actions).   Elmes v. Cudworth (jury for Elmes).  
1771   August   Suffolk Superior Court (at least 47 actions).   Story v. Scollay (chancery for Story).  
1771   October   Suffolk Inferior Court (35 writs drawn; 60 actions).    
1771   October   Bristol Superior Court (37 actions).   Foreman v. Bollan (special verdict; continued).  
1771   October   Bristol Superior Court (37 actions).   King v. Morey (jury for King).  
1771   October   Bristol Superior Court (37 actions).   Bowers v. White (jury for Bowers).  
1771   October   Bristol Superior Court (37 actions).   Presbury v. Baker (Presbury discontinues).  
1771   October   Bristol Superior Court (37 actions).   Wilbore v. Slade (special verdict; continued).  
1771   October   Bristol Superior Court (37 actions).   Gardiner v. Wheeler (jury for Gardiner).  
1771   October   Bristol Superior Court (37 actions).   Rex v. Mason (Mason acquitted).  
1771   October   Governor and Council Sitting in Divorce.   A. BROADSTREET v. J. BROADSTREET, No. 22 (A. Broadstreet granted decree of divorce from bed and board).  
1771   October   Middlesex Superior Court (at least 2 actions).   Symes v. Hill (jury for Symes).  
1771   October   Middlesex Superior Court (at least 2 actions).   Proprietors of Stow v. Russell (Proprietors discontinue).  
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1771   November   Essex Superior Court (at least 10 actions).   Harraden v. Gridley (special verdict; continued).  
1771   November   Essex Superior Court (at least 10 actions).   Smith v. Fuller (jury for Smith; see No. 21).  
1771   November   Essex Superior Court (at least 10 actions).   PATCH v. HERRICK, No. 32 (special verdict; continued).  
1771   November   Essex Superior Court (at least 10 actions).   PINGRY v. THURSTON, No. 31 (jury for Thurston).  
1771   November   Essex Superior Court (at least 10 actions).   Danvers v. Putnam (jury for Putnam).  
1771   November   Essex Superior Court (at least 10 actions).   Brown v. Verry (jury for Verry).  
1771   November   Essex Superior Court (at least 10 actions).   LEE v. BANCROFT, No. 10, Doc. III (tried in part and continued).  
1771   November   Essex Superior Court (at least 10 actions).   CAESAR v. TAYLOR, No. 41, Docs. II–IV (tried in part and continued).  
1771   December   Suffolk Superior Court (adjournment).   GRAY v. PITTS, No. 6, Doc. II (jury for Gray).  
1772   January   Suffolk Inferior Court (60 writs drawn; 68 actions).    
1772   February   Suffolk Superior Court (76 actions).   Warren v. Freeman (jury for Freeman).  
1772   February   Suffolk Superior Court (76 actions).   Paine v. Stevens (jury for Paine).  
1772   February   Suffolk Superior Court (76 actions).   Bannister v. Copley (jury for Copley).  
1772   February   Suffolk Superior Court (76 actions).   Bannister v. Jenkins (jury for Jenkins).  
1772   February   Suffolk Superior Court (76 actions).   Warren v. Apthorp (4 actions; Warren discontinues in 2; jury for Apthorp in 2).  
1772   February   Suffolk Superior Court (76 actions).   Warren v. Hill (jury for Hill).  
1772   February   Suffolk Superior Court (76 actions).   Bowdoin v. Warren (jury for Warren).  
1772   February   Suffolk Superior Court (76 actions).   Kennebec Proprietors v. Goodwin (Proprietors discontinue).  
1772   February   Suffolk Superior Court (76 actions).   J. Green v. G. Green (jury for G. Green).  
1772   February   Suffolk Superior Court (76 actions).   Hill v. Whiting (special verdict; continued; see No. 17).  
1772   February   Suffolk Superior Court (76 actions).   Ruddock v. Snelling (jury for Snelling).  
1772   February   Suffolk Superior Court (76 actions).   Storer v. Green (jury for Green).  
1772   February   Suffolk Superior Court (76 actions).   Hake v. Barret (jury for Hake).  
1772   February   Suffolk Superior Court (76 actions).   BROOKLINE v. ROXBURY, No. 27, Docs. V–VII (judgment for Brookline).  
1772   March   Suffolk Superior Court.   Rex v. Richardson (Richardson pardoned; see No. 59).  
1772   April   Middlesex Superior Court (at least 2 actions).   Haven v. Whitney (jury for Haven).  
1772   April   Suffolk Inferior Court (33 writs drawn; 69 actions).  
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1772   April   Worcester Superior Court (at least 3 actions).   Oliver v. Nicholls (jury for Oliver).  
1772   April   Worcester Superior Court (at least 3 actions).   Taylor v. Russell (withdrawn from jury; continued).  
1772   May   Barnstable and Dukes County Superior Court (at least 2 actions).   Doane v. Brown (jury for Doane).  
1772   May   Barnstable and Dukes County Superior Court (at least 2 actions).   Bangs v. Snow (jury for Snow).  
1772   May   Plymouth Superior Court (at least 7 actions).   I. Mackfarland v. Fish (jury for Mackfarland).  
1772   May   Plymouth Superior Court (at least 7 actions).   S. Mackfarland v. Fish (Mackfarland discontinues).  
1772   May   Plymouth Superior Court (at least 7 actions).   Jacobs v. Barker (judgment for Jacobs).  
1772   May   Plymouth Superior Court (at least 7 actions).   Jacobs v. Tillage (special verdict).  
1772   May   Plymouth Superior Court (at least 7 actions).   Watson v. Sears (jury for Sears).  
1772   May   Plymouth Superior Court (at least 7 actions).   Colden v. Stockbridge (special verdict; continued).  
1772   May   Plymouth Superior Court (at least 7 actions).   Watson v. Bartlet (jury for Watson).  
1772   June   Essex Superior Court (at least 4 actions).   Patch v. Herrick (judgment for Patch; see No. 32).  
1772   June   Essex Superior Court (at least 4 actions).   TAYLOR v. CAESAR, No. 41, Docs. V, VI (jury for Caesar).  
1772   July   Cumberland and Lincoln Superior Court (at least 2 actions).   Elder v. Trott (jury for Trott).  
1772   July   Reference from Essex Superior Court   WILKINS v. FULLER, No. 20, Doc. II (takes minutes and perhaps represents Wilkins; report that neither owes anything).  
1772   July   Suffolk Inferior Court (54 writs drawn; 12 defendants' actions).    
1772   August   Suffolk Superior Court (85 actions).   E. Fales v. J. Fales (jury for J. Fales).  
1772   August   Suffolk Superior Court (85 actions).   HILL v. WHITING, No. 17, Docs. I, II (judgment for Hill on special verdict).  
1772   August   Suffolk Superior Court (85 actions).   EMMONS v. BREWER, No. 33 (judgment for Brewer).  
1772   August   Suffolk Superior Court (85 actions).   Green v. Gridley (jury for Green).  
1772   August   Suffolk Superior Court (85 actions).   Williams v. Champney (Champney discontinues).  
1772   August   Suffolk Superior Court (85 actions).   Dennie v. Reeve (jury for Reeve).  
1772   August   Suffolk Superior Court (85 actions).   Green v. Warren (special verdict; continued).  
1772   August   Suffolk Superior Court (85 actions).   Crooks v. Holbrook (Holbrook defaults).  
1772   August   Suffolk Superior Court (85 actions).   Burdett v. Philips (Burdett defaults).  
1772   August   Suffolk Superior Court (85 actions).   Ruddock v. Hall (jury for Hall).  
1772   August   Suffolk Superior Court (85 actions).   Billings v. Wheatley (jury for Billings).  
1772   August   Suffolk Superior Court (85 actions).   Richards v. Heakley (jury for Richards).  
1772   August   Suffolk Superior Court (85 actions).   Doane v. Emmes (jury for Doane).  
1772   August   Suffolk Superior Court (85 actions).   Gay v. Richards (special verdict; continued).  
1772   August   Suffolk Superior Court (85 actions).   Hooton v. Grout (judgment for Grout).  
1772   August   Suffolk Superior Court (85 actions).   Adams v. Hamilton (judgment for Hamilton).  
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1772   September   Worcester Superior Court (at least 2 actions).   Cutler v. Pierpont (jury for Cutler).  
1772   September   Worcester Superior Court (at least 2 actions).   Bradshaw v. Harrington (jury for Bradshaw).  
1772   October   Suffolk Inferior Court (41 writs drawn; 3 defendants' actions).    
1772   October   Bristol Superior Court (13 actions).   White v. Hathaway (jury for Hathaway).  
1772   October   Bristol Superior Court (13 actions).   Jones v. Hathaway (jury for Hathaway).  
1772   October   Bristol Superior Court (13 actions).   Godfrey v. Williams (jury for Godfrey).  
1772   October   Bristol Superior Court (13 actions).   Paddleford v. Godfrey (jury for Godfrey).  
1772   October   Bristol Superior Court (13 actions).   Pinkham v. Deane (jury for Deane).  
1772   October   Bristol Superior Court (13 actions).   Morey v. Fillebrown (jury for Morey).  
1772   October   Bristol Superior Court (13 actions).   Wilbore v. Slade (judgment for Slade).  
1772   October   Bristol Superior Court (13 actions).   Burt v. Williams (jury for Burt).  
1772   October   Middlesex Superior Court (at least 1 action).   Child v. Smith (jury for Smith).  
1772   November     Moves with family to Queen Street in Boston.  
1772   November   Essex Superior Court (at least 5 actions).   LEE v. BANCROFT, No. 10, Docs. IV, V (after argument, Bancroft defaults).  
1772   November   Essex Superior Court (at least 5 actions).   Sawyer v. Pecker (judgment for Pecker).  
1772   November   Essex Superior Court (at least 5 actions).   PORTER v. STEEL, No. 7, Docs. I, II (jury for Porter).  
1772   November   Essex Superior Court (at least 5 actions).   Marston v. Coombs (Coombs' plea in abatement overruled; continued).  
1773   January–February     Publishes articles in the Boston Gazette answering William Brattle and opposing Crown salaries for Superior Court judges.  
1773   January–February   Suffolk Inferior Court (82 writs drawn; 11 defendants' actions).    
1773   February   Suffolk Superior Court (70 actions).   Minot v. Prince (jury for Minot).  
1773   February   Suffolk Superior Court (70 actions).   Vernon v. Manley (jury for Manley).  
1773   February   Suffolk Superior Court (70 actions).   McKendry v. Redman (jury for Redman).  
1773   February   Suffolk Superior Court (70 actions).   Robins v. Young (jury for Young).  
1773   February   Suffolk Superior Court (70 actions).   Williams v. Curtis (jury for Williams).  
1773   February   Suffolk Superior Court (70 actions).   Hall v. Needham (jury for Hall).  
1773   February   Suffolk Superior Court (70 actions).   Baker v. Porter (judgment for Porter).  
1773   February   Suffolk Superior Court (70 actions).   REX v. BELL, No. 62 (takes minutes).  
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1773   February   Vice Admiralty Court.   DAWSON v. DOLPHIN, No. 52, Docs. I, II (decree for claimants).  
1773   March   Vice Admiralty Court.   SURVEYOR GENERAL v. LOGS, KENNEBEC COMPANY, claimant, No. 55, Docs. I–III (decree for Kennebec Company).  
1773   April   Middlesex Superior Court (at least 3 actions).   Gordon v. Martin (jury for Martin).  
1773   April   Middlesex Superior Court (at least 3 actions).   Martin v. Gordon (jury for Martin).  
1773   April   Middlesex Superior Court (at least 3 actions).   PRESCOTT v. PRIEST, No. 19, Docs. III, IV (jury for Prescott).  
1773   April   Suffolk Inferior Court (84 writs drawn; 11 defendants' actions).    
1773   April   Vice Admiralty Court.   DAWSON v. THE JENNY, No. 52 (decree of forfeiture).  
1773   May     Elected by the House a member of the Council, but negatived by Hutchinson.  
1773   May   Barnstable and Dukes County Superior Court (at least 2 actions).   Lynds v. Thacher (Thacher defaults).  
1773   May   Barnstable and Dukes County Superior Court (at least 2 actions).   Doane v. Harding (jury for Harding).  
1773   May   Plymouth Superior Court (at least 5 actions).   Rochester 1st Precinct v. Sundry (Rochester discontinues).  
1773   May   Plymouth Superior Court (at least 5 actions).   Otis v. Simmons (jury for Otis).  
1773   June   Essex Superior Court (14 actions).   Marston v. Coombs (jury for Marston).  
1773   June   Essex Superior Court (14 actions).   Hooper v. Norwood (jury for Hooper).  
1773   June   Essex Superior Court (14 actions).   Champion v. Eaton (jury for Champion).  
1773   June   Essex Superior Court (14 actions).   Glover v. Champion (Champion nonsuited).  
1773   June   Essex Superior Court (14 actions).   Woodbury v. Hooper (chancery for Hooper).  
1773   June   Essex Superior Court (14 actions).   Bass v. Knight (jury for Knight).  
1773   July   Suffolk Inferior Court (52 writs drawn; 12 defendants' actions).    
1773   August   Suffolk Superior Court (73 actions).   Scott v. Tirrell (jury for Scott).  
1773   August   Suffolk Superior Court (73 actions).   William Barrell v. Walter Barrell (William discontinues).  
1773   August   Suffolk Superior Court (73 actions).   Ayer v. Gardiner (jury for Gardiner).  
1773   August   Suffolk Superior Court (73 actions).   Downer v. Wyman (jury for Wyman).  
1773   August   Suffolk Superior Court (73 actions).   Patten v. Goldthwait (jury for Patten).  
1773   August   Suffolk Superior Court (73 actions).   Wyman v. Downer (jury for Wyman).  
1773   August   Suffolk Superior Court (73 actions).   Needham v. Hall (jury for Needham).  
1773   August   Suffolk Superior Court (73 actions).   Worth v. Folger (proceedings quashed).  
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1773   August   Suffolk Superior Court (73 actions).   Clark v. McCarney (McCarney's plea in abatement overruled; continued).  
1773   August   Suffolk Superior Court (73 actions).   Story v. Keen (Story confesses judgment; chancery for Keen).  
1773   August   Suffolk Superior Court (73 actions).   Petition of James Bowdoin (granted).  
1773   August   Suffolk Superior Court (73 actions).   Swan v. Davenport (Swan discontinues).  
1773   August   Suffolk Superior Court (73 actions).   Richards v. Doble (Richards discontinues).  
1773   August   Suffolk Superior Court (73 actions).   Parker v. Tayler (jury for Tayler).  
1773   August   Suffolk Superior Court (73 actions).   Savage v. Gould (jury for Gould).  
1773   August   Suffolk Superior Court (73 actions).   Spear v. Keen (Keen defaults).  
1773   August   Special Court of Admiralty for the Trial of Piracies.   REX v. NICKERSON, No. 57, Docs. I, III (Nickerson acquitted).  
1773   September   Worcester Superior Court (at least 2 actions).   Stevens v. Gates (jury for Gates).  
1773   September   Worcester Superior Court (at least 2 actions).   Chandler v. Bradish (judgment for Bradish).  
1773   October   Suffolk Inferior Court (44 writs drawn; 4 defendants' actions).    
1773   October   Bristol Superior Court (at least 9 actions).   Robinson v. Brayton (judgment for Brayton).  
1773   October   Bristol Superior Court (at least 9 actions).   Weaver v. Slade (jury for Slade).  
1773   October   Bristol Superior Court (at least 9 actions).   Ripley v. Williams (jury for Ripley).  
1773   October   Bristol Superior Court (at least 9 actions).   Porter v. Lincoln (jury for Porter).  
1773   October   Bristol Superior Court (at least 9 actions).   Williams v. Woodward (judgment for Williams).  
1773   October   Bristol Superior Court (at least 9 actions).   Briggs v. Foster (jury for Briggs).  
1773   October   Bristol Superior Court (at least 9 actions).   Richmond v. Woodward (jury for Richmond).  
1773   October   Bristol Superior Court (at least 9 actions).   Gilbert v. Parris (jury for Parris).  
1773   October   Middlesex Superior Court (at least 8 actions).   Fowle v. Wyman (jury for Fowle).  
1773   October   Middlesex Superior Court (at least 8 actions).   PRESCOTT v. KEEP, No. 18, Doc. I (jury for Keep; motion in arrest of judgment; continued).  
1773   October   Middlesex Superior Court (at least 8 actions).   Gibbs v. Eames (jury for Gibbs).  
1773   October   Middlesex Superior Court (at least 8 actions).   Sparhawk v. Bridge (withdrawn from jury; continued).  
1773   October   Middlesex Superior Court (at least 8 actions).   Divine v. Ware (jury for Ware).  
1773   October   Middlesex Superior Court (at least 8 actions).   Clafflin v. Ware (Clafflin nonsuited).  
1773   October   Middlesex Superior Court (at least 8 actions).   Stone v. Ware (jury for Ware).  
1773   October   Essex Inferior Court.   CAESAR v. GREENLEAF, No. 42, (jury for Caesar).  
1773   November   Essex Superior Court (at least 2 actions).    
1774   January   Suffolk Inferior Court (79 writs drawn; 13 defendants' actions).    
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1774   February     House of Representatives impeaches Chief Justice Peter Oliver, using authorities furnished by JA.  
1774   February   Suffolk Superior Court (52 actions; adjourned to June without trials; JA did not attend).    
1774   March     Prepares statement of Massachusetts' claim to the “western lands.”  
1774   April   Middlesex Superior Court (at least 5 actions).   Brown v. Willington (jury for Brown).  
1774   April   Middlesex Superior Court (at least 5 actions).   Barren v. Crosby (jury for Crosby).  
1774   April   Middlesex Superior Court (at least 5 actions).   Eames v. Gibbs (jury for Gibbs).  
1774   April   Middlesex Superior Court (at least 5 actions).   Warren v. Hagan (jury for Warren; motion in arrest of judgment; continued).  
1774   April   Suffolk Inferior Court (94 actions).    
1774   April   Worcester Superior Court (at least 2 actions).   Taft v. Cragin (jury for Cragin).  
1774   April   Worcester Superior Court (at least 2 actions).   Bolton Inhabitants v. Goss (withdrawn from jury; continued).  
1774   May     Elected by the House a member of the Council, but negatived by Gage.  
1774   June     Elected a Massachusetts delegate to the First Continental Congress; moves his family to Braintree, retaining office in Queen Street.  
1774   June   Essex Superior Court (at least 6 actions).   Ober v. Ellis (special verdict; continued).  
1774   June   Essex Superior Court (at least 6 actions).   Eaton v. Fuller (chancery for Fuller; 1s.).  
1774   June   Essex Superior Court (at least 6 actions).   Symonds v. Aborn (judgment for Aborn).  
1774   June   Essex Superior Court (at least 6 actions).   Leigh v. Morrell (jury for Morrell).  
1774   June   Essex Superior Court (at least 6 actions).   Wilder v. Peabody (jury for Peabody).  
1774   June   York Superior Court (at least 2 actions).   Alden v. Cutt (jury for Cutt).  
1774   July   Cumberland and Lincoln Superior Court (at least 4 actions).   Andrews v. King (jury for Andrews; see No. 2).  
1774   July   Cumberland and Lincoln Superior Court (at least 4 actions).   KING v. STEWART, No. 2, Doc. XIII (jury for King).  
1774   July   Cumberland and Lincoln Superior Court (at least 4 actions).   Burnam v. Libbee (jury for Libbee).  
1774   July   Suffolk Inferior Court (80 actions).    
1774   July   Vice Admiralty Court.   ROSS' CASE, No. 53 (takes minutes).  
1774   August     Travels to Philadelphia to the Congress.  
1774   August   Suffolk Superior Court (at least 63 actions; all trials continued).    
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1774   November     Returns to Braintree. Attends first Provincial Congress as a member from Braintree.  
1774   December     Re-elected to Congress.  
1775   January–April     Publishes “Novanglus” essays in Boston Gazette in answer to Daniel Leonard's “Massachusettensis” articles.  
1775   February   Suffolk Superior Court (last session under Crown).    
1775   March     Elected a Braintree selectman.  
1775   May     Attends Second Continental Congress.  
1775   July     Elected by the House a member of the Council.  
1775   August     Returns to Braintree. Attends Massachusetts Council. Re-elected to Congress.  
1775   September–December     Attends Continental Congress at Philadelphia. Plays a principal part in measures leading to the establishment of an American navy, including the composition and publication of Rules for the Regulation of the Navy of the United Colonies of North America.  
1775   October     Appointed Chief Justice of Massachusetts  
1775   December     Returns to Braintree. Attends Massachusetts Council. Re-elected to Congress.  
1776   January     Drafts Proclamation for the General Court, to be read at the opening of the Courts of justice and in town meetings.  
1776   February–October     Attends Continental Congress.  
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1776   March–April     Writes Thoughts on Government.  
1776   April     Resigns from Massachusetts Council.  
1776   May     Advocates establishment of new state governments and writes preamble to resolution of 15 May recommending such action to the states.  
1776   June     Appointed to committee to draft a declaration of independence.  
1776   July     Makes principal speech in favor of the resolution for independence and signs Declaration of Independence.  
1776   August     Revises Articles of War.  
1776   October     Returns to Braintree.  
1776   November     Re-elected to Congress.  
1777   January   Attends Congress in Baltimore.  
1777   February     Resigns Chief Justiceship of Massachusetts.  
1777   March     Begins to serve on Standing Committee on Appeals in Prize Cases.  
1777   November     Returns to Braintree and resumes practice.  
1777   December   New Hampshire Court Maritime.   PENHALLOW v. THE LUSANNA, No. 58, Docs. I–III (decree of forfeiture; appeal; while trying the case, notified of his appointment as Joint Commissioner to France).  
1778   February     Sails for France.  
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, 2014.
http://www.masshist.org/apde2/