Books: Wealthy Revolutionist

JOHN HANCOCK: PATRIOT IN PURPLE (422 pp.) — Herbert S. Allan — Macmillan ($6).

For many years John Hancock has needed no other credentials than the flourishing signature (twice the size of anyone else's) with which he signed the Declaration of Independence. Many a schoolboy has heard what Hancock reportedly said then: "There! John Bull can read my name without spectacles, and may now double his reward of £500 for my head. That is my defiance." It was enough to make John a bona fide hero in all textbooks, engravings on schoolroom walls, and...

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