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Twenty-six people from Deerfield's Main Street and 24 people from outside of Deerfield signed this petition. They wanted the Massachusetts Senate and House of Representatives to grant the right for the planned electric railway, or trolley, to run on the Deerfield main street. Oddly, the handwriting is all that of one person and that person has not been identified. Because of 2 notes "illigible' [sic], one can assume that the petitioners signed a paper and someone copied the names on a fresh sheet to send to Boston. The petition is not dated, but was written sometime before the street railway began operation in December of 1901.