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    The Petition of the Selectmen of the Town of Brookline in the county of Suffolk, setting forth that on the thirtieth day of January 1767 the worshipful Joseph Williams Eqr. issued a warrant in these words, vizt., Suffolk Ss. Complaint being made to me the Subscriber, one of his Majestys Justices of the peace for said county, by Mesrs. John Child, Aaron Davis, and Eleazer Weld, Gentlemen and...
    To our trusty and well beloved Samuel Welles Esqr. first Justice of our Court of General Sessions of the peace for the said county, Greeting. Willing for certain causes to be certified of the Record of the process Order and Sentence of a Court of general Sessions of the peace held at Boston in and for said county by adjournment on the seventh day of November last, upon a petition of the...
    Plymouth Ss. At his Majesty’s court of general sessions of the peace, began and held at Plymouth within and for the county of Plym­ outh on the second tuesday of december being the eighth day of said month, in the eighth year of our Sovereign Lord George the third by the Grace of God of Great-Britain, France and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, &c. annoque Domini 1767. Jane Doten Dotey a...
    Order’d that the aforesaid Judgment and proceedings of the Court of General Sessions of the peace be quash’d—1st. Because it doth not appear in the Record aforesaid where the Child aforesaid was born. 2. It appears by the Record aforesaid that the aforesaid Judgment was founded on the Oath of the said Jane and on that only. 3. The said Manuel is ordered to recognize in £40 with Sureties to...
    At a Court of General Sessions of the Peace begun and Held at Concord within and for the County of Middlesex on the Second Tuesday of September being the twelfth Day of said Month Annoque Domini 1769. John Harrington of Marlborough in the County of Middlesex Husbandman being bound by Recognizance for his Appearance at this Time to answer to the Complaint of Anna Josslin of Marlborough...
    This day the brig Tryton, owned by Mr. D——s, a merchant of this town, was seized by order of the Board of Customs, on supposition it is said, that she had some time ago been employed in an illicit trade; and that they may oblige the owner to prove where and how she has been employed.— This seizure exhibits another instance of the generosity of the Commissioners, and their friendly disposition...
    Read a Letter of the 25 Instant from the Collector and Comptroller of Boston. Ordered that the Solicitor do attend the Advocate General, and give him Instructions for prosecuting the Brigantine Tryton formerly called The Popet for Breach of the Acts of Trade. 7 Bowdoin-Temple MSS 169, MHi .
    Wm. Sheaffe, Esqr., Dy. Collector &c. vs. Brigt. Triton. Sewal His Honor the Judge gave his Decree as on file. Vice Adm. Min. Bk. , 29 Oct. 1768. As to Sheaffe, see No. 45, note 6 37 . That is, Jonathan Sewall, who filed the information as Advocate General.
    1. Whether King James’s Letters patent to Lodowick Duke Lenox and others, are allowed to be good and sufficient to vest the lands thereby granted in the Grantees in Fee simple? 2. Whether their grant to Bradford is also good, and sufficient to vest the lands thereby granted either in him and his heirs in fee simple, or in the Colony of New Plymouth so called, by virtue of the said grant and...
    Edward Gerrish. I heard a noise about 8 Clock and went down to Royal Exchange lane. Saw some Persons with Sticks coming up Quaker lane. I said Capt. Goldsmith owed my fellow Prentice. He said he was a Gentleman and would pay every body. I said there was none in the Army Regiment. He asked for me. I went to him, was not ashamed of my face. He struck me. A Sergeant chased me into Davis’s shop...
    William Jackson. On the 5 of March I went to Capt. Preston’s lodging. Heard the bell. Ran out. Came down to my shop. Met a man who told me the People and Soldiers were fighting at my corner and he hoped in God would see it out. I returnd to Capt. Preston and told him. A Corporal and private came to Preston’s lodgings and told him the Town’s People were abusing them. Capt. Preston took his...
    Mr. Pain, for the Crown. It remains for me to close this Cause on the part of the Crown. It’s importance Gentlemen is not confined to the small Circle of a few Individuals, but concerns the very foundation of Civil Goverment. In their Defence, every Source of Eloquence and Art has been exhausted; which I don’t mention as a fault in them, but to guard you against mistaking, the Flowers of...
    About Monday noon the judges began their charge. Judge Trowbridge, who spoke first, entered largely into the contradictory accounts given by the witnesses, and declared, that it did not appear to him that the prisoner gave orders to fire; but if the Jury should think otherwise, and find it proved that he did give such orders, the question then would naturally be, What crime is he guilty of?...
    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...
    20Verdicts: 5 December 1770 (Adams Papers)
    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...
    21Orderly Book, 19 November 1758 (Washington Papers)
    Camp Near Turtle Creek Novemr 19th 1758. Parole King George A Detachment for Fatigue consisting of 2 Capts. 4 Subs. 4 Serjts and 120 Rank and file to parade at 2 OClock in the Morning. D , DLC:GW . See “ Orderly Book, 21 September–24 November 1758. ” Whether GW and his forces were able to reach on the night of 19 Nov. the site on Turtle Creek where they built Washington’s Camp on 20 Nov. or...
    The Appraisements of the Estate of Danl Parke Custis According to the Returns made to the County ⟨Cour⟩t of New Kent by Sworn appraisers whose Names are herunto annex’d A Negro Man named Anthony £20; Ditto Shomberg 45.; Ditto Squire 50.; Ditto Morris 60.; Ditto Jack Palmer 50.; Ditto Jemmy 12.; Ditto Ned 50.; Ditto Brunswick 40.; Ditto Michael 60.; Ditto Joe 60.; Ditto Sampson 1[s.]; A Negroe...
    An Account of Sundrys taken and usd by Mrs Custis out of the Inventories No. £.  s. d. ⟨19.⟩ A Chariot and Harness 80. 0. 0 30. 2 Sorrel horses 50.      ditto 2 bay ditto 32.      32. 1 young Stallion 25.      244. 1 young bay horse (York) 20.      ⟨3⟩4. 1 young Sorrel horse
    Things reserved for the Use of the Estate & not sold No. 1. An Anchor £ 1. 2.   5. An Applemill 1. 8.   4. 4 Pots & Pothooks 2.  .   6. Augers Coopers & other Axes Millpecks &c. 5.  .   7. 1 Do & a Collar & hames . 1. 6 8. 76 Awlblades . 1. 8
    25Cash Accounts, May 1768 (Washington Papers)
    Cash May 4— To Ditto [cash] of Wm Dandridge Int. of his Bond £  22. 0.5 6— To Ditto of Dr [James] Carter Int. of Mrs [Joanna] McKenzies Bd 10.16.0 10— To Mr Jos[ep]h Valentine 15. 0.0 12— To Cash recd of Mr Frans Foster for Intt 25. 0.0 14— To Ditto of Mr B[artholomew] Dandridge in settling for the Int. of his Bonds 6.13.9 To Ditto of Colo. [Burwell] Bassett in settling for Do 0. 6.8 Contra May 1—