Congress could deal surely and effectively with any future Shays if it were invited to do so.
When Shays' insurrection broke out, he assisted in its suppression.
A hundred and fifty, including Shays himself, were taken prisoners.
But the Shays rebellion had served as a useful object-lesson.
There are no shays in this country; but Bill had read the word somewhere, and thought it sounded respectable.
Local discontent came to a head in the autumn of 1786 with the outbreak of Shays's Rebellion in western Massachusetts.
When applied to by the rebel Shays, to become the leader of the insurrection in 1786, he rejected the proffer with indignation.
Shays could not provide stores and equipment and was unable to maintain discipline.
Shays's war happened in the latter part of 1786 and the beginning of the following year.
Shays's Rebellion was only a local outburst of a general feeling throughout the United States.