Hampshire county. This town lies 80 miles W. from Boston and 13 N.E. from Northampton. It was incorporated in 1742. Population, in 1837, 957. The surface of the town is elevated and uneven; the soil is hard but productive. Swift and Fort rivers afford it mill privileges. Some palm-leaf hats are made here.
Some years ago the notorious Stephen Burroughs profaned the christian sabbath, by imposing himself on the innocent people of Pelham as a minister of the gospel.