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|The following is a PETITION sent from Shays to Gen. Lincoln.|
To the Hon. Major General LINCOLN.
UNWILLING to be any way accessary to the shedding of blood, and greatly desirous
of restoring peace and harmony to this convulsed Commonwealth, we propose that
all the troops on the part of government be disbanded immediately, and that all
and every person, who has been acting, or any way aiding or assisting in any of
the late risings of the people, may be indemnified in their person and property,
until the setting of the next General Court—and no person be taken, molested,
or injured, on account of the above said risings of the people, until a fair opportunity
can be had for a hearing in the next General Court, respecting the matters of
complaints of the people; and that all matters rest as they are on all parts until
that time, and all the persons that have been taken on the part of government
be released without punishment. The above conditions to be made sure by Proclamation,
issued by his Excellency the Governor: On which conditions, the people now in
arms, in defence of their lives and liberties, will quietly return to their respective
habitations, patiently waiting and hoping for constitutional relief from the insupportable
burdens they now labour under.
Per Order, DANIEL GRAY, Chairman.
Wilbraham, Jan. 25, 1787.
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This petition, dated January 25, proposes that all hostilities be put aside until the complaints of the people can be addressed by the next sitting of the General Court. The Regulators propose that they will lay down their arms and return to their homes to wait for constitutional relief if they are assured they will be in no harm of arrest or prosecution. The petition calls for government troops to be disbanded. The petitioners request that these conditions be made part of a proclamation from the governor and sincerely hope for relief of their grievances by constitutional means. 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 conflicts. Butler was decidedly on the government side of the issues.
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Petition to General Shepard in the Hampshire Gazette
| publisher Hampshire Gazette
| creator Daniel Shays (1747-1825)
| date Feb 14, 1787
| location Northampton, Massachusetts
| height 7.0"
| width 3.0"
| process/materials printed paper, ink
| item type Periodicals/Newspaper
| accession # #L04.086
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