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    John Adams Manuscript Document, Partially in His Hand, Signed "J. Adams". Two and one-fourth pages, 7.5" x 12.5", June 11, 1769, Suffolk County [Boston]. Adams, the future second president, writes the beginning twenty-two lines (one-half page) of this legal document. In part: "George the Third, by the Grace of God of Great Britain France and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith He. To the Sheriff of our County of Suffolk, his Under Sheriff or Deputy Greeting. We command you that you summon Benjamin Faneuil Jnr of Boston in the County of Suffolk, Merchant if he may be found in your Precinct to appear before our Justice of our Inferior Court of Common Pleas . . . to answer to Joseph Warren of Boston . . . [for] demands against . . . a certain dwelling house". The next one and three-fourths pages, which contains additional details on the case, is written in another hand and signed "Ezek. Goldthwait Cler." Adams has signed his name near the end of the document.

    After graduating from Harvard, John Adams (1735-1826) became a lawyer, against his father's wish that he become a minister. His early career as a lawyer helped him lay the foundation for his later work as an American revolutionary leader and president. The plaintiff in this case, Joseph Warren (1741-1775), was a wealthy Boston physician who had been acquainted with Adams since 1764. Warren's later radical activities and associations with Samuel Adams and John Hancock helped provoke the revolutionary war. He was killed at Bunker Hill. The defendant in this case, Benjamin Faneuil (1702-1785), was the brother of Peter Faneuil, the wealthy Boston merchant who donated Faneuil Hall to Boston. When Peter died in 1743, Benjamin inherited his wealth. A Loyalist when the American Revolution began, he soon sailed for England and never returned to America. All text is bold and clear, including Adams' signature. Toned with light soiling and slight separations at fold intersections. Includes docketing on last page. Near fine.


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