. The Mayhew interests argued throughout the litigation that the warrant should have
been directed to the Sheriff, not the Coroner, and that any actions which Coroner
Allen took in pursuance of the warrant were therefore illegal. A statute of the Province
provided for service by the Coroner of writs running against the Sheriff and empowered
the Coroner to return talesmen to fill up the jury in any case in which a sheriff
was concerned or related to the parties. Act of 10 June 1700, c. 3, §10, 1 A&R
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.