. In the draft, this paragraph is followed by the cryptic comment: “Rusticity, is not
Barbarity, was the late instances, Rusticity, Barbarity, or Brutality.” Probably this
comment is a reference to the altercation between Murray and Brattle (see Editorial Note
, above). JA
's notes on the legal case that resulted survive, erroneously endorsed by CFA
: “Draught of part of an Article upon the attack made by Colonel Murray upon General
Brattle” (Adams Papers, Microfilms
, Reel No. 343, filmed under conjectural date of Aug. 1763). These notes were probably
made shortly before the hearing on 5 July 1763 in the Inferior Court of Common Pleas.
Records of the case are found in Suffolk County Court House, Early Court Files, &c
., Office of the Clerk, Mass. Superior Court of Judicature, 577:100740, and M-Ar
: Executive Council Records, 1761–1765, p. 255–257.