volume two

This volume has been a true team effort. Appropriately enough, Quincy’s Law Commonplace appeals, more than two centuries later, to new lawyers and law students, like Quincy himself. I must begin with my law student research assistants, now successful members of the bar. Jane Downing and Natalia Fekula prepared the first transcription with saintly patience, and Susannah Tobin prepared the initial Latin translations. Next came Kevin Cox and Elizabeth Kamali, whose exceptional contributions are represented by Appendices I and II, plus much more. Their hard work and intellectual originality has improved every page. Three Editorial Assistants to the Monan Chair worked tirelessly at these most complicated manuscripts: Brendon Farmer, Charles Riordan and Patricia Tarabelsi, together with Inge Burgess at Harvard Law School. Charles Riordan also safeguarded this volume through publication with great skill.

Complicated legal history also requires teamwork between institutions. First, the original text is reproduced courtesy of the Massachusetts Historical Society. Peter Drummey and his staff at the Massachusetts Historical Society have been invaluable, as have Karen Beck and Mark Sullivan at the Boston College Law School Library, David Warrington at the Harvard Law School Library, and David Whitesell at Harvard’s Houghton Library, who is responsible for Appendix III. My learned colleagues Mary Sarah Bilder at Boston College and Charles Donahue Jr. at Harvard have always been available, although the errors remaining are certainly not theirs. Of course, there has been the exceptional support of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts, including its sterling Publication Committee and its inspirational Editor of Publications, John W. Tyler. For wise advice and assistance I have always been able to look to my co-editor, Neil York, to my loyal colleagues at Boston College and Harvard, and, of course, to my wife Judith and my wonderful family.

Daniel R. Coquillette

Volume Editor