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. Hutchinson to Gage, 12 Sept. 1770, Adams, New Light
“Captain Preston's reasons were the following, his Lawyers thought it best to bring
his trial because if a verdict was found for him the matter was ended, if the verdict
went against him an arrest of Judgment founded on some refinements of the law was
moved, to which the Court would have agreed. The argument was to have been postponed
the term in March, in the mean time the proceedings would have been reported, and
foundation for a Pardon laid before judgement could be pronounced, the Pardon would
had sufficient time to arrive before March.” Dalrymple to Gage, 24 Sept. 1770, Adams, New
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