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The following is a PETITION sent from Shays to Gen. Lincoln.
To the Hon. Major General LINCOLN.
SIR,
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.
DANIEL SHAYS.
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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