|NORTHAMPTON, January 3.
The Court of General Sessions of the Peace and the Court of Common Pleas, by
a late resolve of the General Court, were directed to be holden at Springfield,
on the 26th ulta. In the morning of that day, a number of armed men took possession
of the ground near the Court-House with an avowed design to prevent the Justices
from entering the houses. A Committee from the insurgents waited on the Justices
with a request, that the Courts might not be opened, and intimations were given
that very disagreeable consequences would follow in case of non compliance and
sentinels were placed at the door of the room where the Justices had assembled.
As no Jurors had been summoned, and no business was proposed to be done, if
there had been no opposition, except choosing a Clerk, and as no force had been
collected or attempted to be collected to support the Courts, the Justices present
thought it prudent and necessary to inform the said Committee, that the Courts
would not be opened at that time. The Committee requested an answer in writing;
the Justices informed them, if they expected a written answer, they must exhibit
their request in writing; they retired and soon after produced their written
request, of which the following is a copy:
"Springfield, Dec. 26, 1786.
"WE request the Hon. Judges of this Court, not to open said Court at this
term nor do any kind of business whatever, but all kinds of business remain
as though no such Court had been appointed.
To which the following answer was returned:
"Springfield, Dec 26, 1786.
"THE Justices of the Court of Common Pleas and Court of General Sessions
of the Peace, now assembled at Springfield, in consideration of the opposition
made to the opening the said Courts, have determined not to do any business,
or open the said Courts at this term.
Soon after which the insurgents, amounting, as was supposed, to about 300, quietly