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Mr. Printer.

Please to give the following a place in your paper, and you will oblige a customer.


BY reading your piece, in Gazette No. 17, could not help making some few remarks on the same. You say it has some how or other fallen to your lot to step forth in defence of the rights and privileges of the people, especially the county of Hampshire, to shew forth a list of grievances. It appears by the words you express a little strange to you, that you are in that place, but perhaps more strange to some others, however so it is. You say you stept forth in defence of the rights of the people; but I would take the liberty to ask you, whether you did not mean in defiance instead of defence? I must suppose you mistook in spelling the word, or did not properly understand its true meaning; unless you suppose it to be in defence of the rights of people to rally all nature to arms to meet in no other way, as I can conceive, but to sit in Convention, or at least to choose a committee from that body then under arms to draw up a list of grievances, which I think nothing differs from a convention. If this is in defence of rights of the people, I could wish that my right might not be defended.

From yours, K. N.

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This letter, published in the Hampshire Gazette, is a response to a letter signed by Thomas Grover that was published on December 27, 1786. The author quite obviously is on the side of the government. K. N. views Grover and his friends as insurgents, and makes a play on words saying that instead of "defense," Grover actually meant "defiance." William Butler began publication of the Hampshire Gazette on September 6, 1786, in Northampton, Massachusetts, 18 days after the Regulators prevented the Court of Common Pleas from convening there. The newspaper often urged support of the government and was generally against the activities of the Regulators. The paper came out on Wednesdays and consisted primarily of articles reprinted from other newspapers.


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Published letter to Thomas Grover from the Hampshire Gazette newspaper

publisher   Hampshire Gazette
date   Jan 17, 1787
location   Northampton, Massachusetts
width   2.0"
height   4.0"
process/materials   printed paper, ink
item type   Periodicals/Newspaper
accession #   #L06.083

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