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Robert Treat Paine Papers, Volume 2

From Ephraim Keith, Jr.
Keith, Ephraim Jr. RTP
Bridgwater 5th July 1771

Sir! I was so embarrassed with Business for last Plimouth Court that I could not possibly get time to levy the Excn. Rumrill versus Millerd,1 and as I coud. not serve in the office of Dep. Sheriff any longer, handed the Excn. to Zachh. Paddok who engaged to proceed upon it immediately. Yours &c.,


RC ; addressed: "To Robert Treat Payne Esqr. at Taunton"; endorsed.


The case of Sarah Rumriell, widow of Newport, R.I. v. John Millerd, yeoman of Wareham, concerned the default of a note for £21.10.9 plus interest. The July 1770 Court of Common Pleas for Plymouth Co. awarded the plaintiff damages and costs, which judgment was appealed by Millerd. The May 1771 session of the Superior Court at Plymouth Co. affirmed the lower court's decision, and the execution was issued on June 7, 1771. RTP represented the plaintiff (Plymouth Court Records, 8:341; Minute Book, Superior Court, Plymouth Co.).

From Sally Cobb Paine
Paine, Sally Cobb RTP
Boston Sept. 13 1771 Dear husband,

I Recived your Letter by Mr Pope & am very Glad to hear of your Better helth I was affraid that you would not be able to Reach home that day. I Long to See Sweet Bob & Should not be able to Content my Self to Stay had I not recived a Line from you which affords me great pleasure.1 My face is much Better So that I have been among my friends. I have not time write but line much for I am Going out. I'll give Selinda2 Somthing. Love to all friends your Loving wife,


P.S. Your name has been in Great Request an affair of Miss Meriams3 Comes on next week & you are much wanted.

RC ; addressed: "To Robert Treat Paine Esqr. at Taunton"; endorsed.


Not located. Although the length of her trip is not noted, RTP mentioned in his diary for Sept. 20 that "my Wife return'd from Boston."




Unidentified. See Joseph Greenleaf to RTP, Oct. 1, 1771.