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Gazette Printing of List of Grievances Poem

Date: March 14, 1787
Publisher: Hampshire Gazette
About this artifact

This list of grievances for which the rebels sought redress is in the form of a poem, or song. They include complaints about the legislature residing in Boston, high taxes, and the general lack of money. The "groat" mentioned in the second stanza is a British coin that was worth 4 pence. William Butler began publication of the Hampshire Gazette on September 6, 1786, in Northampton, Massachusetts, 18 days after the Regulators prevented the Court of Common Pleas from convening there. The newspaper often urged support of the government and was generally against the activities of the Regulators. The paper came out on Wednesdays and consisted primarily of articles reprinted from other newspapers.

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Courtesy Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, Deerfield, MA