was some resistance to the administra
-tion of the newly organized state
government in Massachusetts -- Instead
of the exemption from taxation which
the ignorant had expected as they al-
-ways will expect from revolution
a heavy imposition was necessarily
laid upon them , & instead of the license
they had hoped from liberty, they found
themselves fenced in by legal
restraints -- The Pack leader banded
together, dishonest men misled
honest ones, the government was
embarrassed -- the courts were interrupted
& disorder prevailed throughout the
Western counties -- A man named
Shay -- was the leader -- the rising has been
dignified as Shay's war. There was
some skirmishing, & one or two
encounters called battles --