. Probably a reference to the form of a writ in Brown's Compendium.
See note 557
above, note 3486
below. Although this work was not published until 1688, the form recites that the
customs officers therein given writs were commissioned by virtue of Letters Patent
dated “anno regni nostri vicesimo septimo” (in the twenty-seventh year of our reign),
which could refer to no English monarch ruling between Elizabeth I and George II except
Charles II. The date of the form would thus be between 1676 and 1685, the year of
Charles II's death.
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.