A Collection Of Historical And Other Papers

Paperback | February 4, 2012

byGrindall Reynolds

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1896. Excerpt: ... CONCORD DURING THE SHAYS REBELLION. THE Peace of 1783 was a welcome event. By securing independence to the Colonies, it crowned with success the struggles and sacrifices of eight bitter years; and it brought to an end that drain of men and waste of resources which had become almost too great to be borne. The tradition is that the news of the ratification of the treaty was received everywhere with tumultuous joy. As the tidings spread from town to town all faces brightened. Neighbors grasped each other cordially by the hand. The bells rung out from the steeples. The pulpits resounded with thanksgiving. In the cities and larger towns there were bonfires and illuminations, and special gatherings and addresses. For the moment it seemed as if all troubles had passed away. But the joy was of brief duration. The great expectation was followed by as great disappointment. To momentary harmony succeeded jealousy and heartburnings and an honest sense of wrongs, which brought divisions into every community; so that within three years of the declaration of peace actual rebellion had appeared, and every Massachusetts man, and especially every citizen of a shiretown, like Concord, had to ask the question whether liberty regulated by law was a possibility. The causes of that condition of things, which culminated in what is called the Shays Rebellion, are not hard to find. Those wild ideas of freedom and human rights, which are always generated in some minds amid the heat of a successful revolution, had, no doubt, their influence. Ardent and unbalanced natures came to expect an impossible deliverance from personal burdens, and an absolute personal liberty which was inconsistent with the continuance of the social state. Said Luke Day,1 the ablest of the leaders in the Shay...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1896. Excerpt: ... CONCORD DURING THE SHAYS REBELLION. THE Peace of 1783 was a welcome event. By securing independence to the Colonies, it crowne...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:140 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.3 inPublished:February 4, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217661602

ISBN - 13:9780217661607

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