Quincy 24th: April 1805
I want the form of a petition to be presented to the Court of Sessions, praying for a Committee to be appointed to assess damages, in case of property damaged by the proprietors of the Middlesex Canal—If you can not find a form, this side of Cambridge, you must go there and obtain one from the Clerks Office of the Sessions, where I presume you will find some on file—
Our Petition must be presented in June & I want to know whether it is necessary to describe by boundaries the farm damaged a& the nature of the Estate held by the proprietors, also the quantity of land taken away, & generally, what damages must be laid in the petition—
Do not fail to procure this information soon, as I am resolved to enter with spirit upon the recovery of damages—
T B Adams
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