The following is a Copy of a Letter from a number of Officers and others, convened
at Pelham on the 15th instant, to John Brown of Whately:
Pelham, Jan. 15, 1787.
ACCORDING to undoubted intelligence received from various parts of the Commonwealth,
it is determinedly the Governor and his adherents, not only to support the Court
of Common Pleas and General Sessions of the Peace, to be holden at Worcester
next week, by point of sword, but to crush the power of the people at one bold
stroke, and render them incapable of ever opposing the cruel power, Tyranny,
hereafter, by bringing those who have steped forth to ward off the evil that
threatens the people with immediate ruin to an unconditioned submission, and
their leaders with an infamous punishment. Notwithstanding it is thought prudent,
by a number of officers and others, convened at Pelham on the 15th of Jan. inst.
to consult on the exigencies of the present times, that the people of the county
of Hampshire immediately assemble in arms, to support and maintain, not only
the rights and liberties of the people since our opponents, by their hearty
movement refuse to give opportunity to wait the effect of their prayers and
petitions. This is therefore to desire you to assemble the company under your
command, well armed and equipped, with ten days provision, and march there,
in season, to be at or near Dr. Hind's in Pelham, by Friday the tenth instant,
there to receive further orders.
"Capt. John Brown,