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Collection Reference Number GLC02437.03476
From Archive Folder The Henry Knox Papers [0079] January-March 1787 
Title Benjamin Lincoln to Henry Knox discussing the coming Convention and the location of Shays rebels and who should deal with them
Date 1-3 March 1787
Author Lincoln, Benjamin (1733-1810)  
Recipient Knox, Henry  
Document Type Correspondence; Government document; Military document
Content Description Discusses the convention (referring to the upcoming Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia) and his views of the people's ideas of changes Congress would bring about. "I have not the most distant idea that the people would adopt any recommendations of Congress in which the inlargement of their powers are included; they would immediately become jealous of them that the few were attempting to influence the many: sentiments like these would be thrown out .. " In relation to Shays' Rebellion, describes skirmishes with the rebels in Stockbridge and Barrington, Massachusetts. He has heard that Connecticut and New York have dispersed the sheltered rebels in their states and that the rebels may go up to Vermont. Believes that if Vermont shelters them, the state must be responsible for their conduct. Continues to discuss other aspects of the rebellion. Knox's docket refers to an enclosure, with remarks on the disfranchisement of Massachusetts rebels (see GLC02437.03477).
Subjects US Constitution  Revolutionary War General  US Constitutional Convention  Continental Congress  Congress  Government and Civics  Military History  Mobs and Riots  Rebellion  Shays' Rebellion  Refugees  Militia  Criminals and Outlaws  Suffrage  Law  
People Knox, Henry (1750-1806)  Lincoln, Benjamin (1733-1810)  
Place written Pittsfield, Massachusetts
Theme Government & Politics; Creating a New Government
Sub-collection The Henry Knox Papers
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859
Related documents Remarks on the disfranchisement of the Massachusetts rebels  
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