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Excerpt from Continuation of the History of the Province of Massachusetts Bay, Vol. 2: From the Year 1748 to 1765 With an Introductory Sketch of Events From Its Original Settlement
Judge Minot sprung from an old and respectable family, and was born in Boston in the month of December, 1758.
After obtaining the advantages of a collegiate education, and pursuing the regular routine of study, he was admitted to the bar in 1782. He soon after became a magistrate, and for several years Judge of Probate. He was the first Judge of the municipal court in the town of Boston; and in all the offices he filled obtained the reputation of an upright and impartial dispenser of the laws. He was temperate and cautious in discussion, firm and humane in his decisions. He was the author of several publications that merited and met general approbation. He had nearly completed a second volume of his History of Massachusetts, when he was suddenly called from his literary labours to receive the reward prepared for the just. He had intended continuing his History to the commencement of the revolutionary war, had health and life been spared him. Having reached that happy independence, which entitled him to possess the otium cum dignitate, he died and left a character that will be often quoted, by a large circle of literary friends, who loved him for his virtues, and admired him for talents, which time will no otherwise affect than to appreciate.
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