. Deposition of John Mein (copy), 22 Nov. 1770, MHi
:Hancock Papers. The correspondence between Murray, Greenleaf, and Fleeming appears
as Doc. I
below. Murray, a Scot like Mein, attracted the ire of the Liberty Party as much for
his ancestry as for his tory leanings. “It may not perhaps lessen your opinion of
Mr. Murrays good Qualities to inform you that he is a Scotchman and has continually
caball'd with his loyal Countreymen in this Town, and the other Governmental tools
against the Charter and liberties of this Province.” William Palfrey to John Wilkes,
ca. 23–30 Oct. 1770, in Elsey, “John Wilkes and William Palfrey,” 34 Col. Soc. Mass., Pubns.
411, 422 (1941). Anti-Jacobite feeling was apparently strong in Boston in the late
1760's and early 1770's. Adams' notes
in No. 5 are headed “News Paper. Jacobite Party.” And the Boston Gazette
of 5 Sept. 1768, p. 4, col. 1, ran a violent letter on the subject. It is difficult
to estimate how this spirit affected the jury's attitude toward Mein's litigation,
but the effect was probably not favorable.