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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

    On Saturday i.e. Tuesday , the 27th November, 1770, the Court being met, the prisoners were brought into Court and set to the bar, when the Court proceeded thus. . . . Clerk. How sayest thou, William Wemms , art thou guilty of the felony and murder whereof thou standest indicted, or not guilty? William Wemms . Not guilty. Clerk . How wilt thou be tried? William Wemms . By God and my country....
    N.B . The Court being unable to go through this trial in one day, the King’s Attorney and the prisoners consented to the Court’s adjourning over night during the Trial, the Jury being kept together in the mean time, by proper officers, appointed and sworn by the Court for that purpose. FIVE o’clock p.m. the Court adjourned to next morning, Wednesday   28 November . NINE o’clock. Wednesday,...
    SIX o’clock, p.m. the Court adjourned to Thursday morning   29 November   Nine o’clock. Thursday NINE o’clock the Court met according to adjournment, and proceeded. Wemms Trial The Trial of William Wemms, James Hartegan, William M’Cauley , [and others] ... for the Murder of Crispus Attucks, [and others], ... Superior Court of Judicature, Court of Assize, and General Goal Delivery ... taken in...
    FIVE o’clock p.m. the Court adjourned till next morning, Friday,   30 November nine o’clock. Friday, NINE o’clock, the Court met according to adjournment, and proceeded. Wemms Trial The Trial of William Wemms, James Hartegan, William M’Cauley , [and others] ... for the Murder of Crispus Attucks, [and others], ... Superior Court of Judicature, Court of Assize, and General Goal Delivery ......
    On the evening of the 5th of March I was at my lodgings, I heard a noise, and went out towards Union-street, and saw people coming from the North-end, with sticks and clubs in their hands; it was about nine o’clock. I followed them to Dock-square, somebody asked what was the matter, he was answered, that a boy and soldier had been foul of one another; they hallowed King-street; I went up to...
    TUESDAY 4 December , half past FIVE o’Clock, p.m. (Mr. Paine not having gone through his argument) the Court adjourned to Wednesday morning, Eight o’Clock. WEDNESDAY morning 5 December , Eight o’Clock, the court met according to Adjournment, when Mr. Paine finished closing, and the Court proceeded to sum up the cause to the Jury. Wemms Trial The Trial of William Wemms, James Hartegan, William...
    After the Court had summed up the Cause, the Jury withdrew for about two hours and an half, and then returned to the Court. Clerk of the Court . Gentlemen of the Jury, are you all agreed in your verdict? Jury . Yes. Clerk . Who shall speak for you? Jury . Our Foreman. Clerk. William Wemms, hold up your hand. ( which he did ) Gentlemen of the Jury, look upon the prisoner: How say you, is...