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

You are hereby required in ye Name of ye State of ye Massachusetts Bay, forthwith to
notify and warn ye Inhabitants of ye Town of Deerfield being free & above ye Age of twenty one Years, to
Assemble and meet together at ye School House in Deerfield upon Monday ye seventh Instant
at four of ye Clock in ye Afternoon then and there after a Moderator is chose to consider and
Determine whether they will give their consent that ye present House of Representatives
of this State of ye Massachusetts Bay in New England, together with ye Council, if they
consent in one Body with ye House and by equal Voice, should consult, agree on, and enact such a Constitution and Form of Government for this State, as ye said House of Representatives and
Council as aforesaid, on the fullest and most mature Deliberation shall judge will most (endure?)
to ye Safety, Peace, and Happiness of this State, in all after a successions and Generations.
agreeable to a Recommendation from ye House of Representatives of this State. Dated
ye 7th of September 1776

Hereof fail not and make Return of this Warrant with you Doings thereon by the
Time prefixed for said Meeting
by Order of ye Select Men
Deerfield David Dickinson, T. Clerk
Oct 3d 1776

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All inhabitants of Deerfield, "free and above the age of twenty one" are called upon to meet at the school house, elect a Moderator and proceed with the business at hand. Their task is to give their consent for the present House of Representatives and the Council (providing the two bodies can agree) to enact a Constitution and a form of government for the "Safety, Peace, and Happiness of this State."


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Deerfield Town Warrant

creator   Selectmen of Deerfield
date   Sep 7, 1776
location   Deerfield, Massachusetts
height   6.25"
width   9.5"
process/materials   manuscript, paper, ink
item type   Legal Documents/Government/Society Records
accession #   #L99.098

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Deerfield Town Meeting

"History of the Connecticut Valley in Massachusetts"

"Remarks and Observations" by Justin Hitchcock

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