. The Council made these nominations on 11 Oct. (M–Ar
:Executive Council Records, 17:128). Perez Morton officially notified JA
of his appointment as chief justice in a letter of 28 Oct.
(below). Although JA
intended soon afterward to assume his judicial duties, he could not get free of responsibilities
in the congress. He resigned the post in Feb. 1777 (JA, Works
, 3:25, note). The other justices named with JA
at this time were William Cushing, William Read, and Nathaniel Peaslee Sargeant.