To Maj. Dennis Stebins
A MEETING was held in November last, at the house of the late Col. Eliel Gilbert
by individuals from different towns in the county of Franklin, to consult upon
the expediency of forming an association on the principles of the Workingmen
in other parts of the state. After the appointment of a Chairman and Clerk,
some discussion took place, when a central committee of correspondence was chosen,
who were authorized to call a future meeting, and also to appoint sub-committees
in the different town in the county. It is believed by many, that there are
evils existing, which may be remedied, evils particularly pressing upon the
laboring and productive classes of society, which deserve their attention, and
that something may be done to ameliorate their condition. Among these, are,
1. Imprisonment for Debt.
2. The Militia System.
3. Extravagant salaries of many public officers.
4. State of Expenditures, Taxes, and the fee Bill.
5. Inequality in the Fees of Jurors, Witnesses, &c. compared with those
of all others attending Court.
6. Evils of litigation in the Courts.
7. The neglect of Education and the right of suffrage.
We are aware that much has been said about the Workingmen. and much misrepresentation
of their views and
principles is industriously circulated. So far as your views thall accord with
ours, and your judgment thall ap-
prove our object, we ask your co-operation. The subjects proposed are interesting
to every man in community,
and we see no good reason why any are opposed, excepting those who profit by
The object of this circular is to ascertain whether you and others in your vicinity
are of opinion that the sub-
jects abovementioned are worthy of consideration, and of sufficient importance
to call up the energies of the peo-
ple in relation thereto.
We invite you, Sir, to correspond with the central committee on the subject.
They have, in obedience to
their instructions, named the following gentlemen to compose a convention of
consultation, representing the
several towns in our county, to be convened at the late residence of Col. Eliel
Gilbert, on Tuesday, the 15th of
March next, at 10 o'clock, A. M. If this short expose shall meet your views,
your attendance is respectfully requested.
I. NEWTON, 2d.}
A. CLARK, } Central
W. WILSON,} Committee.
Newsalem. Wm. Whitaker, J. W. Humphreys, Nahum Bryant, Lyman Sawyer,
John Putnam, Horace Hunt, Samuel Giles, James Brown
Gill. Alvah Ballard, John McHard, Ozias Roberts, Roswell Purple, Joel
Shutesbury? John Powers, Josiah Beaman, Jr., Wm. Reed, Joel Codding,
Leverett. Alpheus Field. E. S. Darling, Isaac Woodbury.
Hawley. Edmund Longley, Jr. John Tobey, Noah Joy, Wm. Sanford.
Montague. Benj. S. Wells, Salmon Root, Thomas Durkee, Arza Bardwell,
Moses Bardwell, Jr.
Whately. Col. R B. Harwood, Luke White, Dr. Bardwell, Elijah Allis,
Thomas Crafts, David Stockbridge jr.
Conway. Chester Bartlett, John Arms, Austin Rice, Phineas Bartlett,
Deerfield. Rufus Saxton, David Wright, Dennis Stebbins, Charles Williams,
Samuel Childs, John Wilson, Stephen Whitney, Ralph Williams, Amos Russell, Baxter
Stebbins, Luke Wright, Thomas Gilbert, Elijah Williams, Aaron Fuller, Elisha
Wells, Jr. Horace Williams.
Bernardston. Hatsel Purple, Henry W. Cushman, Ora Sheldon, E. W. Carpenter,
Jonathan Alien, Isaac Burroughs, Rufus Chase, John Brooks.
Leyden. George Mowry, Hezekiah Newcomb, Jr. Elisha Chapin, Jr. Briggs
Potter, Salmon Sheldon, Jonathan Budington, Ezra Foster, Taber Babcock.
Sunderland. Horace W. Taft, Clark Rowe, Luther Root, Jesse Whitmore
Rowe. Noah Wells, William Taylor, Samuel H. Reed, Ebenezer Merrill.
Heath.. Luther Gale, Ephraim Hastings, Ebenezer Tucker, David Snow.
Colerain. John Drury, Charles Thompson, Daniel Willis, David Dennison,
I. B. Barber, Joseph Smith, Samuel Pierce, Samuel Wilson, George Eels, David
Fox, John Wilson.
Shelburne. David Wells, Ira Arms, James Anderson, Joseph Merrill, Apollos
Barnard, Joel Bardwell,
J. P. Kellogg.
Charlemont. George Winslow, Tertius Taylor, Isaac Brown, Obadiah Dickinson,
Elias Taylor, Joel Hall.
Orange. Parley Barton, Zina Goodell, Matthew Cheney.
Warwick. A. Goodale, Lemuel Wheelock, Joseph Stevens, Jonathan Blake, jr. Ashbel
Ward, Apollos Root, W. E. Russell.
Northfeld. Richard Colton, II. Stratton, Elilu Phelps, Job M. Dickinson,
Samuel C. Allen, James Reed, Timothy Dutton..
Wendell. Martin Grout, James Ballard, Gardner Leach, Col. Brewer.
Ashfield. Seth Church, Thomas White, Jr. Levi Cook, Jr. Major Dana,
Roswell Ranney, Ezra Williams.
Buckland. Capt. Maynard, Henry Taylor, Alva Lazell, Joseph Griswold,
Greenfield. Isaac Abercrombie. Jr. Thaddeus Coleman, Thomas Nims, Aaron
Spaulding, David S. Jones, A. P. Megrath, P. T. Sprague, Asaph Smead, Eber Nash,
Hart Larabee, Isaac Barton, Jr. George Adams, David Allen. Julia Smead, Samuel
Picket, Russell Hastings, John J. Pierce, Joseph Tyler. Luther Wells.
Munro. Hosea F. Ballou,, Maturin Ballon.
Greenfield, February 24, 1831.