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Thomas Grover was a regulator leader from Montague, Massachusetts. He wrote this list of grievances for which the rebels sought redress, and states that he boldly signs his proper name. Many articles for both sides of the rebellion were signed with pseudonyms. The grievances include moving the state capitol out of Boston and revising the state constitution. A major grievance was the speculation in state notes. Men who fought in the Revolution received part of their pay at the end of their service in notes. They found that merchants would not accept the notes at face value, and indeed, speculators often paid only 2 to 6 shillings per pound (20 shillings equal a pound) for them. The speculators then made huge amounts of interest and were eventually able to redeem them for face value. 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.