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Captain Luke Day's January 25, 1787 message to General William Shepard demanding that the government militia at the Springfield Arsenal lay down their arms and return to their homes, appeared in the Hampshire Gazette. In this letter, Day demands that government troops at the Springfield Armory "lay down their arms" and return to their homes. William Butler began publication of the Hampshire Gazette on September 6, 1786, in Northampton, Massachusetts. The mission of the newspaper was to inform the public about the issues pertaining to the ongoing insurrections.