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William Butler began publication of the Hampshire Gazette on September 13, 1786, in Northampton, Massachusetts. This article is his letter to the public about his reasons for founding the paper, "with the advice and encouragement of a number of Gentlemen in this County." Although he does not state it in this article, the mission of the newspaper was to inform the public about the issues pertaining to the ongoing actions of the Regulators and the government during the last part of 1786, which became known as Shays' Rebellion.


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"To the Public" statement from the publisher of the Hampshire Gazette newspaper

publisher   Hampshire Gazette
author   William Butler
date   Sep 13, 1786
location   Northampton, Massachusetts
width   2.25"
height   7.5"
process/materials   printed paper, ink
item type   Periodicals/Newspaper
accession #   #L04.118

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