Footnotes and Further Reading

John Hancock

Footnote # 1

William M. Fowler, jr., The Baron of Beacon Hill: A Biography of John Hancock (Houghton Mifflin and Company, 1980).

Footnote # 2

Ibid., 31; 37-38; 49.

Footnote # 3

Ibid., 53; 55.

Footnote # 4

Ibid., 179-80; 184.

Footnote # 5

Hancock was engaged to Dorothy ("Dolly") Quincy. They married on August 28, 1775. Ibid., 197.

Footnote # 6

Ibid., 190.

Footnote # 7

John Adams, quoted in Ibid., 192.

Footnote # 8

The best, fullest description of the movement to independence and the writing of the Declaration itself is Pauline Maier's American Scripture: Making the Declaration of Independence (NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1997).

Footnote # 9

Ibid., 213.

Footnote # 10

For a discussion of the unrest rising from the post-war recession and Massachusetts fiscal policies, see Leonard Richards, Shays's Rebellion: The American Revolution's Final Battle (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2002), 74-88; also Richard Buel, jr., "The Public Creditor Interest in Massachusetts Politics, 1780–86," in Robert Gross, ed., In Debt to Shays: The Bicentennial of an Agrarian Rebellion. Charlottesville : University Press of Virginia, 1993; Ibid., 258-9; 265.

Footnote # 11

Proclamation, June 15, 1787, Memorial Library, PVMA; Marion L. Starkey, A Little Rebellion, (New York, Knopf, 1955), 248-50.

Footnote # 12

Rufus King to James Madison, January 30 and February 3, 1788; General Correspondence, James Madison Papers, Library of Congress, Manuscript Division.

Footnote # 13

Fowler, The Baron of Beacon Hill, 276-77; 281.

Further Reading

Gross, Robert A., ed. In Debt to Shays: The Bicentennial of an Agrarian Rebellion. Charlottesville : University Press of Virginia, 1993.

Kaminski, John P., Saladino, Gaspare J., Leffler, Richard, Schoenleber, Charles H. and Margaret A. Hogan eds., The Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution, Ratification of the States: Massachusetts vol. 4, pg. 904.

Parmenter, Charles O. The History of Pelham, from 1738 to 1898 including the Early History of Prescott. Amherst, Mass., 1898.

Richards, Leonard. Shays's Rebellion: The American Revolution's Final Battle. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2002.

Szatmary, David P., Shays' Rebellion: The Making of an Agrarian Insurrection, University of Massachusetts Press, Amherst, 1980.

Starkey, Marion L. A Little Rebellion. New York, Knopf, 1955.