. Little remains among JA
's papers or elsewhere to fill the three-and-a-half-month gap between the preceding
Diary entry and this one. In his Autobiography JA
says that he spent all his leisure time in the fall
, winter, and spring of 1773–1774 collecting “Evidence and Documents” and writing
“a State of the Claim of this Province to the Lands to the Westward of New York.”
This took the form of a report to the General Court, now lost. What is known of this
scholarly investigation, which led JA
to ransack the famous Mather and Prince libraries, is summarized in a note
on a passage dated Fall 1773 in his Autobiography, Part One, below.
From his legal papers and the Superior Court Minute Books it appears that JA
handled cases in that court in its August term in Boston, in its September term in
Worcester, and in its October terms in both Taunton and Cambridge, as well as in the
Inferior Court at Boston in October.