Josiah Quincy (1710–1784), by John Singleton Copley, about 1767 75
Distant relative of Abigail Adams, old friend of John, and father of “the patriot” Josiah Quincy Jr., Col. Josiah Quincy was a Braintree citizen with trading interests in Boston. He was much concerned about the control of Boston Harbor while the British occupied the town. He sent Adams long letters detailing the means by which the
harbor could be blocked up, ideas that Adams passed on to others. But action was delayed and Quincy's schemes came to naught.
Courtesy of the Dietrich Brothers Americana Corporation (Photograph by Will Brown).
Cite web page as: Founding Families: Digital Editions of the Papers of the Winthrops and the Adamses, ed.C. James Taylor. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 2007.