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You are herby requered to warn all the Freeholders and other
Inhabitants of Said Town to meet at the Meetinghouse in Town
in Petersham on Monday The Ninth Instant at 3 oClock
to Act on the following Articles Viz.-

1st. To Choose a Moderator to Govern Said Meeting-
2d. To Give instructions to their Representative for his Direction?
in the General Assembly now Setting in Boston-

Hereof fail not & make Return of this Warrant with Your
doings, theron to one of us before the Time of Said Meeting-
Given under our hand. &c. Seal this 4 Day of Octr 1786-

Danl Bigelow}
Ephm Sterns}Select Men
Joseph Brown}

Worcester Ss. October 9th 1786

In Obediance to the Above Warrant I have warned all
the freeholders & other Inhabitants of the Town of Petersham
to meet at the Time & plan above mentioned

Jotham Bouker} Clerk?

At a Town Meeting held at Petersham on Monday the 9th October
1786. Choose Mr Danl Bigelow Moderator- Voted to Adjourn
the Meeting to Mr. Saml Peckhams The Meeting Opened according
to Adjournment and proceeded to act on the following Second Article
Viz to give Instructions to their Representative. There being a Draft of
Instructions presented by a Committee formerly Chosen for that
purpose which being Read Paragraph by Paragraph was unanimously
Accepted. Which were as follows, Viz.-

To Jonathan Grout Esqr.

The Inhabitants of the Town of Petersham having chosen you

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There is currently no available "Beginner" label. The following is the default level label: The town of Petersham, Massachusetts, met on October 9, 1786 and voted to instruct their representative to the General Court how to vote on certain issues. The voters state that while they have the utmost confidence in his ability and wisdom, they feel that their representative should have a list of their sentiments and how they wish him to vote on matters that are likely to come before the state legislature. The list of items is quite similar to the lists of grievances that many towns included in petitions sent in 1786-87 to the Governor and state legislature, including relocating the seat of government away from Boston, changing the way taxes were levied, and many items dealing with public money and salaries.


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Petersham Town Records on Shays' Rebellion

creator   Petersham Town Selectmen
date   1786
location   Petersham, Massachusetts
width   8.0"
height   12.0"
process/materials   manuscript, paper, ink
item type   Legal Documents/Government/Society Records
accession #   #L08.018

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Excerpts from Remembrance of Captain Park Holland and his participation in Shays' Rebellion

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

Pages from the second Journal of Sarah Howe on Shays' Rebellion

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