Minutes of Robert Treat Paine's argument, by unidentified note taker, 29 October 1770
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These minutes capture the closing argument of Massachusetts lawyer and politician Robert Treat Paine during the trial of Capt. Thomas Preston, held in October of 1770. Paine worked for the Crown and opposed John Adams in the case against Capt. Preston, who was tried separately from the eight soldiers of the 29th Regiment, for the deaths that occurred on the night of 5 March 1770. The Massachusetts Historical Society holds the Robert Treat Paine papers which contain many other documents related to the Boston Massacre.