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    Rex v. Wemms: Suffolk Superior Court, Boston

    From: Adams Papers | Legal Papers of John Adams | Volume 3 | R. Criminal Law, continued: The Boston Massacre Trials | Rex v. Wemms: Suffolk Superior Court, Boston

    May it please your Honours, and you Gentlemen of the Jury. The prisoners at the bar stand indicted for the murder of five of his Majesty’s leige subjects, as set forth in the several indictments, which have been read to you: the persons slain, those indictments set forth, as “being in the peace of God and our Lord, the King,” at the time of the mortal wounds given. To these indictments, the...
    Monday   3 December , NINE o’ Clock, the Court met according to adjournment, and proceeded. May it please your Honours, and you Gentlemen of the Jury, We have at length gone through the evidence in behalf of the prisoners. The witnesses have now placed before you, that state of facts, from which results our defence. The examination has been so lengthy, that I am afraid some painful sensations...