The Signing Of The Declaration Of Independence

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[Footnote 4: From The Story of the Thirteen Colonies. Copyright, 1898,

by H. A. Guerber. American Book Company, publishers.]

John Hancock, President of Congress, was the first to sign the

Declaration of Independence, writing his name in large, plain letters,

and saying:--

"There! John Bull can read my name without spectacles. Now let him

double the price on my head, for this is my defiance."

Then he turned to the other members, and solemnly declared:--

"We must be unanimous. There must be no pulling different ways. We must

all hang together."

"Yes," said Franklin, quaintly: "we must all hang together, or most

assuredly we shall all hang separately."

We are told that Charles Carroll, thinking that his writing looked

shaky, added the words, "of Carrollton," so that the king should not be

able to make any mistake as to whose name stood there.