The reports of Shays, and Shattuck coming, at the head of thousands to stop the Court,
grow more rare. It is now almost too late to spread any more stories of that kind.
Shattuck instead of attacking, will have to defend himself, for, about 150 young volunteers,
from Boston, under the command of Coll. Hitchborn1
went through here this forenoon, on horseback, and are gone, with the design to seize
two or three of the ring leaders of the mob, and bring them down to Boston. The Roxbury
artillery company, under Major Spooner: went likewise from here in the evening. They
would not say, which way they were going, but it is supposed they have the intention
of seizing Wheeler2
two of the leaders in the County of Worcester. There seems to be a small spark of
patriotism, still extant; it is to be hoped, that it will be fanned, and kindled by
danger, but not smothered by sedition. A republic must very frequently be called back
to the principles of its government, and so long as it has sufficient virtue for that,
its constitution will stand firm.