To Sue without Delay for All Debts

in by Warren

Date: May 15 and 22, 1769; May 15, 1769
“All Persons indebted to the Estate of Nathaniel Wheelwright, Esq; late of Boston, deceas’d, by Bond, Note or Book, are requested to make immediate Payment —As the Creditors to said estate have desired the Administrator to sue without Delay for all Debts that may be due. JOSEPH WARREN;
Administrator of said Estate.
P.S. Amongst the Papers of the aforesaid Mr. Wheelwright’s, were found a Number of Notes taken in the name of Mr. Samuel Hardcastle, and by him endorsed and paid to Mr. Wheelwright—which unless taken up, must likewise be put in suit.
Boston, May 11, 1769”
Source: Boston Post-Boy for both May dates; Boston Chronicle for May 15th
Commentary: This advertisement, a common occurrence of the period, notifies debtors to settle with the estate executor lest they face litigation. This situation is notable for the size of the Wheelwright estate. Its insolvency was enough to generate financial woes for many lenders and debtors in Massachusetts. The involvement of a full-time physician as the estate’s administrator was unorthodox. Despite the fact that Wheelwright debts exceeded assets, fees taken by the administrator of such a large and complex estate could be lucrative for the administrator. It was money taken before distribution of the residua to creditors of the estate. Joseph Warren was appointed to the role in late 1767 by Lieutenant Governor Thomas Hutchinson in the latter’s additional role Judge of Probate for the province.
This act could be interpreted as political patronage by the Loyalist Friends of Government to attract Joseph Warren to their camp. Earlier in 1767 Joseph Warren’s pseudonymous Paskalos had kind words for Hutchinson, and Philo Physic focused on ostensibly nonpartisan issues of medical malpractice.

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