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This letter was written to John Brown of Whately, Massachusetts, by officers of the Regulators, including Daniel Shays. Captain Brown was requested to assemble his company and march them to the town of Pelham by Friday, January 19, 1787. The companies were to assemble at Dr. Nehemiah Hines' (Hind) tavern by ten o'clock to receive further orders. The officers were responding to a plan by Governor Bowdoin to open the courts in Worcester the following week. 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 against the activities of the Regulators. The paper came out on Wednesdays and consisted primarily of articles reprinted