. Josiah Quincy Jr. had sailed from Salem aboard the Boston Packet
for England on 28 September. Only a few of his closest friends, one of whom was JA
, knew of his purpose, which was to present the views of American patriot leaders
to both the administration and the friends of America in England. See Josiah Quincy, Josiah Quincy, Jr.
, ch. 9. Quincy's journal and letters during the several months he was in England
are printed in the following chapters of that memoir, but the journal is much more
reliably printed in MHS, Procs.
, 50 (1916–1917): 433–471. Since he died just before reaching port on his return voyage,
late in April 1775, Quincy never communicated to his friends what he learned in England;
see JA, Diary and Autobiography