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Portrait of a Patriot

The Major Political and Legal Papers of Josiah Quincy Junior
Josiah Quincy, Jr. Edited by Daniel R. Coquillette and Neil Longley York

BUY Cloth · 400 pp. · 6.125 × 9.25 · ISBN 9780962073793 · $40.00 · Feb 2006

Josiah Quincy Jr. (1744-1775), Boston lawyer and patriot penman, had he lived longer could have been a leader of the new American Republic with a name familiar in most households. In a four-volume series, the Colonial Society of Massachusetts will reprint his major political and legal writings. Editor Neil Longley York provides a significant biographical introduction, followed by Quincy’s Political Commonplace Book, in which the patriot noted down passages from his wide reading in politics and history that he believed relevant to his own times. Thus, readers have an unusual opportunity to enter into the extraordinary mind of a patriot immediately before the Revolution. A new edition of Quincy’s London Journal follows, the record of his last-ditch efforts to stave off the impending conflict by seeking some possible ground for compromise with leading British politicians in the months before the battles at Lexington and Concord. Although the peace mission ultimately failed, the journal provides a fascinating record of how British society and leading figures in the government appeared to a young lawyer from a distant colony.

About the Author(s): 

Daniel R. Coquillette is J. Donald Monan, S.J., University Professor of Law at Boston College and Lester Kissel Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School. Neil Longley York is the Karl G. Maeser Professor of General Education and Chair of the History Department at Brigham Young University.

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