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Seven thousand acres of land are advertised for sale in the towns of Heath and Rowe. This land was held by an absentee owner in Boston who was reluctant to sell. However, residents of the towns, wanting to grow and prosper, finally convinced the owner to sell this prime land to people who wanted to farm it. The seller would accept Pearl and Pot-ash as payment, as long as it was delivered to Boston. 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.