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Mr. Printer,- please to give the following a place in your paper.

AS I mentioned to the public a few weeks since, that it had some how or other fallen on my lot to step forth in defence of the rights of mankind, in driving up a doleful list of grievances, which I shall here repeat some of and add a few more. If you will take my former list and turn it tail first, and read it backwards, perhaps you will find my meaning. My former aim was to shew the public, that it was a grief to me to think that lawyers and deputy-sheriffs should get so much money and I get so little. Another sore grievance was that the General Court should sit in the town of Boston, where we regulators dare not approach to break it up. Another grievance is that the snow is crotch deep, and mostly a sharp crust on the top, which hinders our barefoot followers from helping us forward in our darling objects, such as robbing, plundering, &c. for as soon as they turn, ones toes are froze, and another's shin's are cut to the bone. Another grievances is that I must go tail first and suffer the inconvenience of dragging my head after me- grievances too great to be borne. As we have resolved to get a redress at the hazard of fighting up to our knees, &c.

I subscribe myself
TOM _, Regulator.

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This article is a farcical reply to the list of grievances published in the Gazette on December 27, 1786 and signed Thomas Grover. The author talks about things being backwards, and how the regulators don't want the General Court in Boston because they cannot approach it there. The article is signed Tom __, Regulator, but is clearly written from the opposite point of view.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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Letter to the Printer regarding Shays Rebellion published in the Hampshire Gazette newspaper

publisher   Hampshire Gazette
author   Tom _, Regulator
date   Mar 14, 1787
location   Northampton, Massachusetts
height   4.0"
width   2.0"
process/materials   printed paper, ink
item type   Periodicals/Newspaper
accession #   #L07.041


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List of grievances by Shaysite Thomas Grover -article published in Hampshire Gazette newspaper

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