. Elisha Cooke (1678–1737), “the masterly hand from School Street,” politician and court clerk, of “a fixt enmity
to all Kingly Governments,” had led the fight against the royal prerogative in the
1720's. He even sailed to England to argue the cause before the Privy Council. DAB
. Ironically, a transcript of the Privy Council proceedings had appeared in the Boston Chronicle,
11 Jan. 1768, p. 33, cols. 1–3. Cooke was the father of Middlecott Cooke (1705–1771), clerk of the Suffolk Inferior Court. See vol. 2:248–249
, notes 4
, and 7
Cite web page as: Founding Families: Digital Editions of the Papers of the Winthrops and the Adamses, ed.C. James Taylor. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 2017.