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. See Supreme Ct. Probate Rec. 1760–1830
, p. 57–61; SF
129912. In the files one Benjamin Jacob appears as “appellee” in the subscription
of two depositions taken at Samuel Clap's request. Ibid
. Jacob has not been further identified but may have been a representative of William
Clap at the taking of the depositions. Interrogatories were a civil law practice,
perhaps adopted on the recommendation of Governor Thomas Pownall, who reorganized
the court in 1760. See his Message to the Council, Quincy, Reports (Appendix)
572–579. As to the probate system generally, see p. xliv
above; No. 16, note 1
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.