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This is the text of a proclamation by Massachusetts Governor James Bowdoin regarding the assembly of Regulators on August 29, 1786 to prevent the sitting of the court at Northampton. It calls for all people of the Commonwealth to aid in preventing and suppressing such acts and for the punishment of the men who participated. William Butler began publication of the Hampshire Gazette on September 6, 1786, in Northampton, Massachusetts. The mission of the newspaper was to inform the public about the issues pertaining to the ongoing conflicts. Butler was decidedly on the government side of the issues.