Legal Papers of John Adams, volume 3


Editorial Note

Descriptive List of Illustrations Descriptive List of Illustrations

[Note: for permissions reasons, not all illustrations from the letterpress volumes are available in this digital edition.]

Descriptive List of Illustrations
The Revere Plan of The Boston Massacre Scene, by Paul Revere facing page 68[unavailable]

The best discussion of this plan's provenance and contents appears in Esther Forbes, Paul Revere and the World He Lived in 159, 472 (Boston, 1942). Miss Forbes suggests that the depiction of only four victims means that the plan was drawn before Patrick Carr died, four days after the riot; why Revere drew only seven soldiers is even more puzzling.

Courtesy of the Boston Public Library.

John Bonner's Map of Boston, 1769 facing page 69[unavailable]

This contemporary map will permit the reader to orient himself when reading the Boston Massacre materials and other cases involving Boston topography. For a fuller discussion of the map, see 1 JA, Diary and Autobiography xi.

Courtesy of the New York Public Library.

Transcript of the Soldiers' Trial facing page 100[unavailable]

Titlepage of The Trial of William Wemms . . . (Boston, 1770), the only purportedly verbatim transcript of any trial in which John Adams participated. Discussed further in vol. 3:36–38, below.

Courtesy of Harvard University Library.

Ex Parte Evidence of the Boston Massacre facing page 100[unavailable]

Titlepage of A Short Narrative of the Horrid Massacre in Boston . . . (Boston 1770), which is essentially a collection of affidavits taken at the behest of the town authorities in the days immediately following 5 March 1770. Discussed further in vol. 3:11, below.

Courtesy of Harvard University Library.

The Boston Massacre, by Henry Pelham facing page 101[unavailable]

The story of this celebrated rendition of the fatal event in King Street has been well summarized in Clarence S. Brigham, Paul Revere's Engravings 41–57 (Worcester, 1954). Its historical accuracy can best be measured by comparing the scene it depicts with the evidence adduced at the Boston Massacre trials and the Revere Plan.

Courtesy of the American Antiquarian Society.

James Murray, by John Singleton Copley facing page 164[unavailable]

Justice of the peace, and barrack master to the 14th Regiment, this crusty Scottish loyalist played flamboyant, if peripheral, roles viiiin the affairs of John Mein (No. 12), and in the Boston Massacre (Nos. 63, 64).

Courtesy of Frank Lyman and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Gilbert Deblois, by John Singleton Copley facing page 164[unavailable]

Merchant, loyalist, and (as juror) the savior of Captain Preston in Rex v. Preston, No. 63.

Courtesy of Dr. Elizabeth DeBlois and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Samuel Quincy, by John Singleton Copley facing page 165[unavailable]

John Adams' friend and frequent legal opponent, in the best portrait known to the editors depicting the working habit of the provincial Massachusetts barrister: gown, tie-wig, and bands.

Courtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Josiah Quincy Jr., by Gilbert Stuart facing page 196[unavailable]

The Boston Cicero, John Adams called him; but his writings in the patriot cause were as fervent as his orations. Scholar and law reporter, he helped defend Richardson and the troops when no one else would. (See Nos. 59, 63, 64.) He died of tuberculosis at the age of thirty-one; Stuart painted this portrait fifty years later, “after studying family portraits and prints, and the result was considered a good likeness.” Lawrence Park, Gilbert Stuart 2:628 (New York, 1926).

Courtesy of Edmund Quincy and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

William Cushing, by An Unknown Artist facing page 197[unavailable]

Son of a judge, Cushing sat successively on the royal, state, and federal benches over a period of nearly 40 years.

Courtesy of the Law School of Harvard University.

Peter Oliver, by John Singleton Copley facing page 197[unavailable]

As a judge, this nonlawyer won Adams' respect, despite their deep political differences. See 2 JA, Diary and Autobiography 51.

Courtesy of Andrew Oliver, Esq., and the Frick Art Reference Library.