The Adams Papers Digital Edition is undergoing active maintenance while we work on improvements to the system. You may experience slow performance or the inability to access content. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We will endeavor to return to full capabilities as soon as possible.
. 2 Backus, Church History
263. Backus did not positively identify the cases in his printed history, but in
a draft of the work, discussing the case of Ebenezer Smith of Ashfield (note 17
above), he said “And though they assert that Mr. Smith is not a minister in law,
yet the honorable justices of our Superior court, by their decisions in two parallel
cases, have made them know that therein they did not speak the truth: and consequently
that it was a violation of law and equity, to punish the baptists assessors in 1762,
for allowing him the privileges of such an one.” Backus subjoined a footnote identifying
the “two parallel cases” as “The case of elder Green of Charlton, and of elder Clark
of Wilbaham, the last of which was decided in the court of Northampton near the close
of this year .” 2 Backus, Church History (MS
—preliminary draft) 248, Backus Papers.
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.