COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS. By His Excellency James Bowdoin, Esq. Governour of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. A Proclamation. James Bowdoin.

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS. By His Excellency James Bowdoin, Esq. Governour of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. A Proclamation.

Boston: Printed by Adams & Nourse, Printers to the General Court, 1787. Broadside. 39 1/2 x 32 1/2 cm. Illus. relief cut. Signed in type by Gov. James Bowdoin, and by John Avery, Secretary. Old fold lines, a few tiny holes, else a very good example, encapsulated. "Wheras by an Act passed the sixteenth of February instant, entitled, "An Act describing the diqualifications, to which persons shall be subjected, which have been, or may be guilty of Treason, or giving aid or support to the present Rebellion, and to whom a pardon may be extended," the General Court has established and made known the conditions and disqualifacations, upon which pardon and indemnity to certain offenders, described in said Act, shall be offered and given; ...." This of course refers to Shay's Rebellion, an armed uprising in Massachusetts named for Revolutionary War veteran Daniel Shay who led 4,000 rebels to fight against what they perceived as economic injustices. Although the rebellion was quashed in time, it led to lasting changes as it brought to the fore the weakness of the federal government to suppress rebellions under the Articles of Confederation and led to the Constitutional Convention and a stronger central government. OCLC: Williams. ESTC: AAS, Harvard Univ., Huntington, MHS, LC. Item #64326

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