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Deerfield Town Warrant to Negotiate Peace with Britain, 1781

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Hampshire Ss To Mr John Sexton Constable
for the Town of Deerfield - Greeting

you are herby required in the name of the Government
& People of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to notifiy
& warn the freeholders & other Inhabitants of the Town of
Deerfield Qualified by Law to Vote in Town affairs to assemble
& meet together at the School house in Deerfield on
Monday the 22d Day of Jany Current at the half after 4 oClock
P M then & there after a Moderator is Chose
To see if the Town will instruct their Representative
in the Genl Court of this Commonwealth to repair to said
Court & their use his Influence that the sd Court will
Endeavour that some Immediate advances be made to the
Court of Great Britain (or my Persons deputed by sd Court)
in order to Effect an accomodation Settlement & Peace
between Great Britain & the United States of America without
the futher effusion of Blood

Here of fail not & make return of this warrant with your
Doings thereon by the time prefixed forsrd meeting
By order of the Selectmen
Jusn Hitchcock Town Clerk
Deerfield Jany 16th 1781