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Circulating Letter from Eli Parsons Regarding Citizens' Duty

Date: February 21, 1787
Creator: Eli Parsons
Publisher: Hampshire Gazette
About this artifact

By the middle of February, when this letter from Eli Parsons was written, many of the Regulators had escaped into southern Vermont and eastern New York state. From there, some men came back into Berkshire County, attacked and looted the town of Stockbridge, and eventually were defeated in a bloody encounter with government troops at the town of Sheffield on February 27. This letter was intercepted, and appeared in the Hampshire Gazette almost a week before the last the encounter at Sheffield.

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Courtesy Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, Deerfield, MA