ILLUSTRATION 1: Purported to be Jeremiah Gridley (1701/1702–1767), one of the greatest of all colonial advocates and Attorney General, Justice of the Peace and of the Quorum, possibly by John Smibert (1688–1751). Dated 1731. See Henry Wilder Foote, John Smibert, Painter, with a Descriptive Catalogue of Portraits (Cambridge, 1950), pp. 240–241. The portrait is signed and dated by “John Smibert,” and some experts believe that it is an authentic Smibert, while others believe the signature to be a forgery. There is also a view that the sitter is too old to be Gridley in 1731 (twenty-six), but I disagree and believe the portrait genuine. Compare portrait of Chief Justice Benjamin Lynde (1711–1780) of about 1738. Illustration 22, p. 263, infra. The painting is currently in the editor’s office. Many thanks to Charles Riordan. Courtesy, Harvard Law School Art Collection.



    In my editor’s foreword I pay tribute to Samuel Miller Quincy, Josiah’s great-grandson, who painstakingly prepared the first transcript in 1864. To prepare the next and only modern edition, nearly a century and a half later, I have been loyally and ably assisted by a team of outstanding research assistants, at both Boston College Law School and Harvard Law School. For these two volumes of Quincy’s Reports I am particularly indebted to Brandon Bigelow, Kevin Cox, James Dimas, Elizabeth Kamali, Michael Morales, Thomas J. Murphy, Christina Nolan, Nicole Scimone, Brian Sheppard, Susannah Tobin, Elisa Underwood, and Mark Walsh. Every page has benefitted from their hard work and intelligence. I should particularly thank Mark Walsh, who was there at the very beginning of this project and was essential in creating the valuable appendices at the end of Volume Five; Brandon Bigelow and Brian Sheppard, who worked so hard to check the judicial records; and Kevin Cox, who tirelessly polished and double-checked the annotations, and contributed so much to the final result. Then there are the reference librarians, particularly Karen Beck and Mark Sullivan at the Boston College Law Library and David Warrington at the Harvard Law Libraries. Without them I would have been lost.

    Page by page, illustration by illustration, the Editorial Assistants to the Monan Chair, Patricia Tarabelsi and Charles Riordan, shaped these volumes. The magnificent design work of Paul Hoffmann is also self-evident in the volumes you hold in your hand. Then there are those two great institutions, the Massachusetts Historical Society and the Colonial Society of Massachusetts. The first has safeguarded the Quincy manuscripts and generously allowed this publication. Particular thanks are due to the Massachusetts Historical Society’s talented Librarian, Peter Drummey, and his expert staff. Of course, the Colonial Society of Massachusetts has generously underwritten the Quincy Project from the beginning. And the most important contributions have not been just financial, but have involved the exceptional expertise of the Committee on Publications and the wonderful Editor of Publications, John W. Tyler, who has reviewed every word and to whom we all owe a great debt. Finally, I must thank my academic colleagues, most especially Mary S. Bilder and Charles Donahue Jr., for their advice and support, my co-editor Neil York, a true gentleman and scholar, and my wife and family, who have made all this possible.

    Daniel R. Coquillette

    Volume Editor

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