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    John Adams Autograph Endorsement Signed on Verso of a Partly Printed Document. One page, 8.5" x 6.75", Boston, January 18, 1768. Prior to his beginning his remarkable career of public service to his country, John Adams provided legal assistance in many small cases like this one - disputes over debts owed.

    At the time he began his law career in 1761, King George's rule held sway, and this partly printed document reflects as such, with the heading: "George the Third, by the Grace of GOD, of Great-Britain, France and Ireland, KING, Defender of the Faith, &c."

    The case is titled Wales vs Peirce, and this document commands the Sheriff of Suffolk County, Massachusetts, to "Attach the Goods or Estate of Richard Peirce of Milton in said County . . . to the Value of Sixty Pounds, and for want thereof to take the Body of the Said Richard (if He may be found in your Precinct) and Him safely keep, so that you have Him before Our Justices of Our Inferiour Court of Common Pleas next to be holden at Boston, within and for Our said County of Suffolk, on the Third Tuesday of April next."

    Although it is unclear which side Adams has represented in the case, the young attorney has penned a brief note on the verso to "Mr. Officer," indicating that the disputed funds should be attached, "or hold to Bail by order of the Creditor. J. Adams."

    Adams soon rebelled against British rule, and participated in the outcry against the Writs of Assistance (a general and open-ended search warrant granted to British officers). He became a prominent public figure through his activities against the Stamp Act, in response to which he wrote and published a popular article, Essay on the Canon and Feudal Law. His passion and publicity ever growing, Adams political career gained steam, and he served respectively as a delegate to the first and second Continental Congresses, US Ambassador to the Netherlands, U.S. ambassador to the Great Britain, and vice president, before he was elected our second president in 1797.

    This well-worn document is moderately age toned and almost completely separated at folds (not affecting Adams' writing on verso). Heavily imprinted and extensively docketed, the item bears small chips at folds, and is in fair overall condition.


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