A long obstinate Tryal, before Majr. Crosby, of the most litigious, vexatious suit, I think that ever I heard. Such Disputes begin with ill humour and scurrilous language, and End in a Boxing Bout or a Law suit.
“June 23rd. 1760. Monday.,” Founders Online, National Archives, last modified July 12, 2016, http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Adams/01-01-02-0005-0002-0019. [Original source: The Adams Papers, Diary and Autobiography of John Adams, vol. 1, 1755–1770, ed. L. H. Butterfield. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1961, p. 140.]