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Northfield, May 26, 1787.

ON Tuesday the 23d instant, the news of the capture of Dr. Pomery, by a party of the insurgents, commanded by Lieut. Colonel Smith, was forwarded to this town; and likewise the evil intentions of them against a number of the inhabitants, was communicated to me by some friends in Winchester.—The troops stationed here being removed, the commissary viewed his stores as being in danger, and therefore applied to me for a guard—In consequence of which, I ordered the company under my command to appear upon the parade at sun setting, from which I detached a guard, and posted them at the most convenient places for discovering the movements of the rebels, in case they should attempt to enter the town. The remainder of the company lay upon their arms. One of the inhabitants discovered a party of armed men on the west side of the river, who on seeing him, immediately retired—and by intelligence I received the next day from Winchester, a considerable number of armed men were discovered on the east side of the river, since which there had not been any of their movements discovered.—
This town being apprised of their design, and preparing for the reception of them, I suppose disconcerted their plan of stealing away some of the inhabitants. The attention and alertness of both the alarm-list & train-band exhibited upon this occasion, deserves the highest commendation.

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There is currently no available "Beginner" label. The following is the default level label: Sympathizers of the Regulators were still active in Northfield during April and May, 1787. Toward the end of May, word was received that the Regulators might come into town to raid the commissary and take prisoners of some of the inhabitants. Both the alarm list and the train band were called to arms and detached to various parts of town. Parties of armed men were found on both sides of the Connecticut River (Northfield is situated on both sides) but soon disbanded. The information was coming into Northfield from the town of Winchester, which is the town directly north, just over the border in New Hampshire.


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Capture of Dr. Pomery by Insurgents article published in the Hampshire Gazette

publisher   Hampshire Gazette
date   Jun 27, 1787
location   Northampton, Massachusetts
width   3.0"
height   4.5"
process/materials   printed paper, ink
item type   Periodicals/Newspaper
accession #   #L04.101

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