439 Power of Attorney to William Brattle

    [February 12 1736/37]

    Know all men by these presents that I Benjamin Wadsworth President of Harvard College in Cambridge in the County of Middlesex in the Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England, (in the Name and behalf of the President and Fellows of said Harvard College and agreeable to their Vote of the 3rd of November, 1736) have constituted, ordained and appointed, and in the stead and place of the said President and Fellows do by these presents constitute ordain and appoint William Brattle of Cambridge aforesaid Esq. to be our sufficiant and Lawfull Attorney for us and in our name and stead to appear before his Majesties Justices of the inferiour Court of Common Pleas to be holden […] in the County of Essex (by adjournment) on the Third Tuesday of February to make answer to Thomas Lambert of Rowley in said County of Essex Esq., And Joseph Varnam of Dracut in said County of Middlesex Esq. and Jane his Wife in a Plea of Trespass and ejectment then and there to be heard and tryed, betwixt the said Thomas Lambert, &c. Plantiffs and Nathaniel Bradstreet of Ipswich in said County of Essex Yeoman Defendant. In which action said President and Fellows are Vouched in to defend; hereby giving and granting to our said Attorney full power and authority in our stead and place to appear, make answer and defend said action, and (if need be) to appeal from any judgment that may be obtained against said President and Fellows on said tryal, and to prosecute and defend the same to final judgment (Cum potestate substituendi) as fully and entirely as we the President and Fellows might or could do in the premisses if we were personally present, hereby ratifying and confirming what our Attorney shall lawfully do or cause to be done in the premisses.

    In witness whereof I the said Benjamin Wadsworth President as aforesaid for and in behalf of said President and Fellows have hereunto set my hand, and caused the seal of said College to be affixed, the twelfth day of February in the Tenth year of his Majesties reign Annoque Domini 1736.

    Benjamin Wadsworth

    Signed sealed and delivered in presence of us—

    John Eliot

    Abigaill Parrott

    [On back:] Barker owned the whole of warehouse pasture. He conveyed half to Jewitt. Jewit sold to Nothern, Northern to Rogers, Rogers to the Colledge. As to the other half Barker conveys to Mrs. Rogers, Mrs. Rogers to Lieut. Lambert, Lieut. Lambert to Northern, Northern to Bradstreet.

    Middlesex Ss February 14th 1736

    The Reverend Mr. Benjamin Wadsworth, President of Harvard Colledge in Cambridge within mentioned personally appearing acknowledged the within written instrument to be his Act and Deed

    Before Me Saml. Danforth J.Pac.

    Rowley Lands Papers. William Brattle received his A.B. in 1722. The Corporation on November 3, 1736 authorized engagement of an attorney in the Lambert case; CSM Publications, xvi. 653.