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Jensen, Merrill; Kaminski, John P.; Saladino, Gaspare J. (ed.) / Ratification of the Constitution by the states: Pennsylvania
(1976)

B. The Carlisle Riot and its aftermath, 26 December 1787-20 March 1788,   pp. 670-708


Page 708

IV. AFTERMATH OF RATIF ICATION
event seems ardently to be sought after by both the friends and enemies
of the proposed Constitution. We will consider ourselves under par-
ticular obligations to you if you will favor us with the deternmination
of Council by the earliest opportunity.
Petition to the Council2
To the Honorable the Supreme Executive Council of the State of
Pennsylvania.
We the undernamed, being desirous of preserving the peace of the
county of Cumberland, do hereby signify and declare our wishLes and
desire that the prosecutions commenced respecting certain riots said
to have been committed upon Wednesday and Thursday the twenty-
sixth and twenty-seventh of December last should be discontinued;
and that your honors will be pleased to direct the Attorney General to
enter nolle prosequi to the said prosecutions.
John Montgomery, John Agnew, Stephen Duncan, James Hamilton,
Samuel A. M'Coskery, Robert Magaw, Joseph Thornburgh, John
Holmes, -John Creigh, Richard Butler.
William Blair, John Wray, William Brown, Mathew Alison, John
Jordon, James Lemberton, Samuel Gray, George Logan [Logue].
N.B. John Montgomery, etc. are in favor of the new Constitution,
and William Blair, etc. against it.
Council Proceedings, Thursday, 20 March3
Agreeably to the Minute of yesterday, Council resumed the con-
sideration of General [Frederick] Watts's motion "That the attorney
general be directed to discontinue the prosecutions commenced re-
specting certain riots said to have been committed in Cumberland
County on the twenty-sixth and twenty-seventh of December last'"
agreeably to the petition of divers inhabitants of the said county;
thereupon,
Ordered, That the Attorney General be directed to enter a nolle
prosequi in this case.
1. FC, Manuscript Box 21-9, PCarlH. This undated and unsigned letter was
addressed to "Dr. Sir" and endorsed "Copy of Letter to Council March 1',88." "Dr.
Sir" was probably Frederick Watts, the councillor from Cumberland County.
2. Independent Gazetteer, 14 March. Immediately preceding the petition, the
Gazetteer reprinted the Carlisle Gazette's account of "The Release of the Prisoners,"
1 March, IV:B above. The petition was reprinted once in Massachusetts nd twice
in both New York and South Carolina by 3 April.
3. According to the Council Minutes for 19 March, Watts's motion "That Council
direct the attorney general to discontinue the prosecutions commenced :especting
certain riots said to have been committed in Cumberland County on the twenty-
sixth and twenty-seventh December last" was postponed until the next day.
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