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|BOSTON, March 19.|
Saturday last his Excellency Governor Bowdoin received the following letter from
his Excellency Benjamin Franklin, Esq President of the Supreme Executive Council
Philadelphia, March 6, 1787.
I RECEIVED the letter your Excellency did me the honour to write me, respecting
your proclamation for apprehending several promoters of the rebellion in your
state. The proclamation was immediately printed in our newspapers; and the matter
being laid before the Council and Assembly, it was thonght fit to make an addition
to the rewards your government had offered, which will be done, though the usual
forms of proceeding have occasioned some delay.
I congratulate your Excellency most cordially on the happy success attending
the wise and vigourous measures taken for the suppression of that dangerous
insurrection; and I pray most heartily for the future tranquility of the state
which you so worthily and happily govern. Its constitution is, I think, one
of the best in the union, perhaps I might say, in the world. And I persuade
myself, that the good sense and sound understanding predominant among the great
majority of your people, will always secure it from the mad attempts to overthrow
it; which can alone proceed from the wickedness or from the ignorance of a few,
who, while they enjoy it, are insensible of its excellence.
With sincere and great esteem and respect, I have the honour to be, Sir, your
Excellency's most obedient and most humble servant,
His Excellency Governor Bowdoin.
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When Benjamin Franklin received a letter from Governor James Bowdoin of Massachusetts about rewards for apprehending "the several promoters of rebellion in your state," he immediately had the Massachusetts proclamation published in the newspaper. Franklin, who was the president of the Supreme Executive Council of Pennsylvania, was pleased to inform Bowdoin that the Pennsylvania Legislature had decided to add to the rewards being offered by Massachusetts for the capture of Daniel Shays, Luke Day, Adam Wheeler and Eli Parsons. Franklin concluded by praising the Massachusetts Constitution as one of the best in the union and expressed happiness that the "great majority of your people, will always secure it from the mad attempts to overthrow it."
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Letter to Governor Bowdoin published in the Hampshire Gazette
| publisher Hampshire Gazette
| author Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
| date Mar 28, 1787
| location Northampton, Massachusetts
| height 9.75"
| width 3.5"
| process/materials printed paper, ink
| item type Periodicals/Newspaper
| accession # #L04.094
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