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This petition, dated September 22, 1778, is the result of a meeting held on the previous day in Shelburne, Massachusetts, of the selectmen and committees from the towns in northern Hampshire County, Massachusetts. It states that the people are unhappy with the conduct of the last court that sat in Northampton. Two lawyers who were Tory sympathizers had been allowed to plead a case. The petition asks that these two men and any others with like minds be prohibited from pleading cases in court as well as from holding any public offices.