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|Northampton, Sept. 6, 1786.
To the Public.
By the advice and encouragement of a number of Gentlemen in this County, the
Subscriber has established a Printing Office in Northampton, where printing
of all kinds usual in America will be performed with care and dispatch.
In a country like this, where our national character and happiness so entirely
depend upon a general diffusion of knowledge among the people, the extensive
advantages of such periodical publications cannot be too often explained or
too highly estimated.—The United States of America owe their existence
as an empire to that Superior degree of knowledge which the people at large
have enjoyed and maintained through every period of their progress, from the
first settlement of the country to the late revolution. In no country have the
rights of mankind been more generally understood, and more rationally and systematically
maintained. It is well known that the establishment of schools in every part
of the country and the circulation of News-Papers, are among the principal causes
which have led us to our present situation: the danger is, that the enjoyment
of peace and tranquility will produce inattention to these subjects; that when
the feelings exited by our troubles have subsided, our friends will sink into
that indolence which is natural to such a state, our children will grow up in
ignorance, and ignorance is the parent of slavery and all the national vices
which mark the decline of empire.
Whatever may be the fate of the Subscriber in his attempt, the establishment
of a press in this town certainly promises many advantages to this part of the
country. The greater part of the extensive and flourishing counties of Hampshire
and Berkshire, are much more commodiously situated to receive their communications
from this office than from any other, while increasing the number of presses,
in the country, will probably increase the number of readers and writers, an
object to be desired by every friend of liberty and nature.
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William Butler began publication of the Hampshire Gazette on September 13, 1786, in Northampton, Massachusetts. This article is his letter to the public about his reasons for founding the paper, "with the advice and encouragement of a number of Gentlemen in this County." Although he does not state it in this article, the mission of the newspaper was to inform the public about the issues pertaining to the ongoing actions of the Regulators and the government during the last part of 1786, which became known as Shays' Rebellion.
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"To the Public" statement from the publisher of the Hampshire Gazette newspaper
| publisher Hampshire Gazette
| author William Butler
| date Sep 13, 1786
| location Northampton, Massachusetts
| height 7.5"
| width 2.25"
| process/materials printed paper, ink
| item type Periodicals/Newspaper
| accession # #L04.118
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