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Hampshire Ss. To yee Constables of ye Town of Deerfield or
either of them Greeting

You are hereby required in his Majesty’s Name forthwith to notify
and warn ye Freeholders and other Inhabitants of ye Town of Deerfield
Qualified according to Law to Vote in Town Affairs, to assemble and
Meet together at ye School House in Deerfield upon Monday ye fourth
Day of December next at two of ye Clock in ye afternoon then and
there after a Moderator is chose

first To see if ye Town will reconsider their Vote, Passed in Dec 6th 1762,
respecting ye Addition to ye Rev’d M. Ashley’s Salary
undr ye present difficult circumstances I think it convenient to

2dy To see if ye Town will continue ye Rev’d M Ashley in ye Work of ye Ministry

3dy To see if ye Town will raise a sufficient sum of Money to defray
ye Towns Debts and an Additional Sum for Contingencies

4thly To see if ye Town will allow anything to ye People of Mill River
towards schooling their Children and boarding ye Dame, also whether ye
Town will allow any thing to other of ye Inhabitants residing in ye extreme Parts of ye
for schooling in ye year past as well as ye present year

5thly To hear ye Report of any Committee

6thly To choose a Committee to Audit ye Towns Accounts with ye Town
Treasurer and make Report to ye Town how ye same stand

7thly To see if ye Town will do any thing towards maintaining Frances Lester & family
and what

8thly To choose a Committee to recieve examine & Pass such Persons Accounts
as have done Service for ye Town and give Orders upon ye Town
Treasurer for ye Payment of ye same

9thly To hear ye Petition of Sundry of ye Inhabitants in ye East Part of ye
Town, requesting that there might be a Road laid out from Moses Stebbins
up ye River to John Kendalls

10thly To choose a Committee to provide ye Rev’d M. Ashley his firewood ye Year ensuing or
agree with him to provide it for himself if the Town Shall think proper

Hereof fail not and make Return of this Warrant with your Doings thereon by ye
Time prefixed for said Meeting. Dated at Deerfield ye 25th Day of Nov 1775

David Field}
Salah Barnard} Select Men
John Bardwell} of Deerfield

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Ten items of business are listed on the warrant to come before the meeting in December of 1775. The warrant is drawn up by the selectmen with the assistance of the town clerk in each town. Deerfield voters are asked to consider questions of schooling, town roads, payments of debts owed by the town, and three questions having to do with the minister, Jonathan Ashley. It is 1775 and Mr. Ashley has been outspoken about his opposition to the patriot cause. The town will vote whether to continue his ministry, to raise his salary, and whether or not to provide his firewood for the coming year.


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Deerfield Town Warrant

creator   Selectmen of Deerfield
date   Nov 25, 1775
location   Deerfield, Massachusetts
height   12.0"
width   7.5"
process/materials   manuscript, paper, ink
item type   Legal Documents/Government/Society Records
accession #   #L99.097

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