* ADAMS, John (1735-1826). Partly printed document acomplished in Adams's holograph manuscript and signed ("Adams") in corner on verso. Boston, 21 March 1763.
1 page, 4to, some browning and separation at folds, some chipping at corners, left edge irregular. Docketed on verso including notes for expenses for serving the writ, signed by Adams's younger brother Peter B. Adams (1738-1823) as Deputy Sheriff.
An early legal document concerning the estate of Jonathan Hayward of Braintree and sums owed to Jonathan Hayward with extensive manuscript additions by John Adams (c.300 words). Following his graduation from Harvard College in 1755, Adams returned to Braintree (now Quincy) to launch his law practice where he married Abigail Smith of Weymouth on 25 October 1764. For several years the Adamses moved their household between Braintree and Boston as warranted by John's successful law practice and the demands of the circuit court system. The present document sheds light on the local legal activities the young Adams was diligently engaged in during his early career, prior to his rise to prominence when he successfully defended the British soldiers charged in the Boston Massacre Trials.
Estimate $ 2,000-3,000
Property from the Robert L. McKay Collection, North Tustin, California