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Collection Reference Number GLC02437.03537
From Archive Folder The Henry Knox Papers [0080] April-June 1787 
Title Benjamin Tupper to Henry Knox about the trials of Shays' rebels
Date April 1787
Author Tupper, Benjamin (1738-1792)  
Recipient Knox, Henry  
Document Type Military document; Government document
Content Description Discusses the outcome of a trial in Hampshire County, Massachusetts, referring to the trial of the insurgents who took part in Shays' Rebellion: "The Supreme Court have proceeded on business with a degree of dignity which does honour to humane nature, Six are already convicted of High Treason, and a number of others of high crimes &c and there is not a dog that dare to move his Tongue." Expresses his views on the proper governmental system for the states. "...I cannot give up the idea that Monarchy in our present situation is become absolutely necessary to save the States from sinking into the lowest abbiss of misery. I have delivered my sentiment in all companies at this [term], without reserve and was and am exceedingly pleased to find such a respectable [inserted: number] of my sentiments. I am clearly of opinion if matters were properly [inserted: arranged] it would be easily and soon effected, The old society of C_i must once more consult and offer the Salvation of a distracted Country."
Subjects Mobs and Riots  Rebellion  Shays' Rebellion  Government and Civics  Law  Judiciary  Treason  Criminals and Outlaws  US Constitution  Articles of Confederation  Fraternal Organization  Society of the Cincinnati  Military History  Continental Army  Revolutionary War  Monarchy  
People Tupper, Benjamin (1738-1792)  Knox, Henry (1750-1806)  
Theme Government & Politics; Law; 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
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