John Hancock; The Picturesque Patriot

John Hancock; The Picturesque Patriot

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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. 1912 edition. Excerpt: ...preceded, however, by the newly chosen city military officers, two and two, with drawn swords, followed by John Hancock and Samuel Adams in a phaeton and pair, the former looking as if his journey and high living, or solicitude to support the dignity of the first man in Massachusetts, had impaired his health. Next came John Adams and Thomas Cushing in a single horse chaise; behind followed Robert Treat Paine, and after him the New York delegation and some from the Province 1 "I drank Madeira at a great rate, and found no inconvenience in it."--John Adams's "Diary," p. 381. of Connecticut etc. etc. The rear was brought up by a hundred carriages, the streets crowded with people of all ages, sexes, and ranks. The procession marched with a slow, solemn pace. On its entrance into the city, all the bells were set ringing and chiming, and every mark of respect that could be was expressed, not much, I presume, to the secret liking of their fellow-delegates from the other Colonies, who doubtless had to digest the distinction as best they could." It was all dear to Hancock's heart, but not to Samuel Adams's, who with his democratic proclivities did not favor such parade; as indicated by the account of another and similar occasion: --"The people were attempting to take the horses from the carriage in order to drag it themselves. Mr. Adams remonstrated against it. His companion, pleased with the intended compliment, was desirous of enjoying it, and endeavored to remove the objection of Mr. Adams, to which the last replied: 'If you wish to be gratified with so humiliating a spectacle, I will get out and walk, for I will not countenance an act by which my fellow-citizens shall degrade themselves into beasts.' This prevented its...show more

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  • Paperback | 86 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 168g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236615395
  • 9781236615398