1744 March 12 (Monday). I rode down to Colonel Wards at Southborough that I might Consult Dalton and other Lawyers, upon Letters Sent for one friend to another in a private and Secret Manner upon Witnesses etc. Return’d without much Success, the Colonel being from home. I call’d at his son Elisha’s, Dalton being there.
William Ward, a justice of the peace.
A work of Michael Dalton (1584-1648?), the English lawyer. Perhaps The Countrey Justice, Conteyning the Practice of the Justices of the Peace out of Their Sessions (London, 1618). It also appeared in later editions.