To the Hon. SENATE and the Hon. HOUSE of REPRESENTATIVES, in General Court
The PETITION of the Convention in the County of Hampshire, consisting of Delegates
from twenty-four Towns, humbly sheweth-
THAT your Petitioners being chosen Delegates from the several towns to meet
in Convention, to collect the sentiments of our constituents respecting their
grievances, and to petition the General Court for redress ;- after mature deliberation,
find, by the collective sense of our constituents, that they wish relief from the
following articles of grievance, which wish is more fully made manifest by their
concurrence to this Petition, viz.
1st. The sitting of the General Court in town of Boston.
2d. The want of a circulating medium.
3d. The present mode of appropriating the revenue arising from impost and excise,
which revenue we pray may be reposited in the public chest.
4th. The present mode of taxation, as we conceive too great a proportion is
laid upon the polls, and likewise it operates very unequally between the landed
and mercantile interest.
5th. The present method of paying governmental securities.
6th. We conceive that some of the grants made to some of the officers of government,
are not agreeable to that 'moderation and temperance' required by the
7th. The supplementary aid.
8th. The Fee Table as it now stands.
9th. The suspension of the writ of Habeas Corpus, and likewise the late Riot
Furthermore, we pray your honours, that the minds of the freemen of this Commonwealth
might be taken with respect to a revision of the Constitution, as we conceive
some relief may be gained from that quarter: Furthermore we do acknowledge our
gratitude to the Hon. Court, for granting us much relief in their last session,
and further pray that your attention may be turned particularly to the above
grievances, and grant they may be speedily redressed, and your Petitioners as
in duty bound, shall ever pray.
Published by order of Convention.
JOHN BILLINGS, Chairman.
Hatfield, January 4, 1787.
[The above Petition is to be sent to the several towns, for their concurrence,
before it is presented to the General Court.]