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The following is a copy of the paper inclosed in the above letter.
Head-quarters, West-Springfield, Jan 25, 1787.

THE body of the people assembled in arms, adhering to the first principles in natural self-preservation, do, in the most peremptory manner, demand,

1. That the troops in Springfield lay down their arms.

2. That their arms be deposited in the public stores, under the care of the proper officers, to be returned to the owners at the termination of the present contest.

3. That the troops return to their homes upon parole.

To the Commanding Officer at Springfield, Jan. 25, 1787,
Luke Day, Captain Commandant of this division
On the back,--"By Col. Eli Parsons"

(c) Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, Deerfield MA. All rights reserved.
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There is currently no available "Beginner" label. The following is the default level label: 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.


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Notice to General Shepard regarding disarming his militia published in the Hampshire Gazette newspaper

publisher   Hampshire Gazette
author   Luke Day
date   Feb 7, 1787
location   Northampton, Massachusetts
width   2.5"
height   2.75"
process/materials   printed paper, ink
item type   Periodicals/Newspaper
accession #   #L04.085

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