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Collection Reference Number GLC02437.03434
From Archive Folder The Henry Knox Papers [0079] January-March 1787 
Title Daniel Shays to Benjamin Lincoln asking to cease hostilities [copy]
Date 31 January 1787
Author Shays, Daniel (1747-1825)  
Additional authors Lincoln, Benjamin (1733-1810) Stone, Francis (fl. 1787) Wheeler, Adam (fl. 1787)
Recipient Lincoln, Benjamin  
Document Type Correspondence; Military document; Government document
Content Description Contains two letters. The first, written from Pelham, Massachusetts on 31 January 1787 to General Benjamin Lincoln, is signed by (though not in the hand of) Daniel Shays, along with Francis Stone and Adam Wheeler. The second is Lincoln's reply, written on the same date, from Hadley, Massachusetts. The Shays letter mentions that he and his men have sent a petition with terms of surrender to the General Court, and he feels that all hostilities should cease until they receive a reply. Lincoln responds that the "request is totally inadmissible, as no powers are deligated [sic] to me which would justify a delay of my operations." Warns them to disband or face more hostilities. Copies of these letters appear also in GLC02437.03433.
Subjects Revolutionary War General  Military History  Rebellion  Mobs and Riots  Shays' Rebellion  Government and Civics  Surrender  Militia  
People Lincoln, Benjamin (1733-1810)  Shays, Daniel (1747-1825)  Stone, Francis (fl. 1787)  Wheeler, Adam (fl. 1787)  
Place written Pelham, 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
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