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  • the payment of the Soldier
  • Massachusetts Debt
  • August 29th in North Hampton
  • After the war the soldiers got paid with a certificate by the new government Since these men needed money now, rather than a promise of future funds or lands, most sold the certificates to speculators at greatly discounted prices.
  • September 25th - 28th
  • To pay the debt they had to raise taxes and the farmer where shocked because when creditors foreclosed on them and repossessed their farms. The farmers appealed to their creditors but had little success; the creditors were under pressure to pay their own debts.
  • Shay's new plan
  • All of the farmers gathered to the and shut down the court and then the Governor of Boston ordered General Benjamin Lincoln to muster 4,400 troops to protect the courts.
  • The editor of the Massachusetts Centinel's Observation
  • From September 25th to 28th, Shays' own band of 600 farmers, most wearing their Continental Army uniforms, occupied the Springfield courthouse and prevented the Supreme Judicial Court from sitting there.
  • they would mount a surprise attack and overrun the new federal arsenal at Springfield. There they would find all the weapons they needed. They expected that the men guarding the arsenal — fellow veterans who they assumed would be sympathetic to their cause —would put up little resistance.
  • e Massachusetts Centinel observed that the "late insurrections in the Commonwealth . . . must be considered as the cause of bringing [the federal] government] into existence, at a much earlier period than would otherwise have been."
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