Tuesday, January 06, 2015

[Pg. 430]
   Although the town sent Delegates to the conventions at Leicester, which put forth a list of grievances under which, in their opinion, the country was suffering, it is not known that any citizen of the town was engaged in any of the overt acts which constituted what is called Shays’ Rebellion.
[Pg. 431]
    The fifth day of September [1786] was the day appointed for the sitting of the Court at Worcester; but, on that day, the Court House was surrounded by a mob of two hundred persons, with arms in their hands, who debarred the entrance of the judges. The Chief Justice (Ward) remonstrated in vain, and the Court was compelled to adjourn.

   Dec. 3. The Court House, at Worcester, was again taken possession of by the disaffected. The judges met at The Sun Tavern, but could not proceed to business. The Governor had previous to this issued his orders to the officers of the militia to have their men armed and equipped to take the field at the shortest notice. Troops were called into service at once upon the new outbreak.

   Mass. Arch. Shays’ Rebellion, Vol. 192, p. 155.
[Annals of the Town of Mendon, From 1659 to 1880. Compiled By John G. Metcalf, M.D. Member Of The His. Gen. And American Antiquarian Societies, Etc. Providence, R.I.: E.L. Freeman & Co., Printers To The State. 1880.]

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