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Letter from the Committee for the Town of Stockbridge to the Massachusetts Council

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ISRAEL DICKINSON TO MASSACHUSETTS COUNCIL.

Stockbridge, April 6, 1776.

HONOURABLE SIR: On the 4th instant Timothy Edwards, Esq˙, one of this Committee, received a letter from two respectable gentlemen in Lanesborough, members of their late Committee, requesting his advice upon important political matters, a copy of which we have obtained of him, and herewith send. Upon the recommendation of the Selectmen and Committee of this town, he went there yesterday to give his advice. On his return, about four o' clock, P˙ M˙, in the road against the house of Colonel Jonathan Smith, five men attempted to stop him by violence — one laying hold of his coat, another his horse' s bridle. He disengaged himself from the latter by striking him a heavy blow with a loaded whip; from the other, by the speed of his horse. About forty rods forward, three others appeared also in the road, with an apparent design to stop him. One placed himself on one side with a club; another of them on the other side, who made a violent stroke at Mr˙ Edwards with a hoe, which fell upon his horse' s withers, at the same time calling Tory. Of enormities of this kind we think it our duty to give you the earliest notice.

We are your Honour' s most respectful, obedient, humble servants,

SAMUEL BROWN, JUN˙,
ASA BEMENT,
ERASTUS SARGEANT,
Committee of the Town of Stockbridge.

To the Honourable President of the Council of the Colony of the Massachusetts-Bay.

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