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

B. The assembly election, 9 October 1787,   pp. 173-179


Page 178

II. DEBATE OVER CONSTITUTION
Your little family are well. Poor Ric'd much disappointed again.
The ticket proposed for Carlisle, or rather by it, was Ric'd Postle
[thwaite], James Dunlap and another whose name I [forget?] but
they had no chance.2 I'll pester you no longer with this stuff.
1. RC, Irvine Papers, PHi. A Continental Army officer during the Revolution,
Butler became a brevet brigadier general in 1783 and soon thereafter was ap-
pointed superintendent of Indian affairs for the Northern District.
2. Beale, Kennedy, and Mitchell had served in the previous Assembly, the
latter two being among the seceding members. Beale was not in the Assembly
when it voted to call the Convention. James Dunlop was a Revolutionary War
officer who served for a time in Irvine's battalion. In 1787 he was judge of the
Court of Common Pleas of Cumberland County.
Pennsylvania Gazette, 17 October'
It is with great pleasure we inform our customers that from the
returns already come to hand of the late elections in this state, there
is a large majority of persons strongly attached to the new Federal
Constitution.
Mr. R [obert] Whitehill, who was rejected from a seat in the [Su-
preme Executive] Council by the county of Cumberland, for refusing
to concur in calling a convention and for deserting the Assembly, was
so confident of being returned by his late constituents, that he had
taken lodgings for himself in a private house in this city for three
years, the term of service in the Council agreeable to the constitution
of Pennsylvania.
The rejection of Messrs. [Frederick] Antes and [Samuel] Dale, in
the county of Northumberland, was occasioned by their desertion of
their duty in the Assembly.2 Previous to the election, the following
advertisement was pasted up in all the places of public resort in the
county:
"Northumberland, October 1787.
"A handsome reward and reasonable expenses will be paid to any
person who will apprehend and bring to justice seventeen of the
members of Assembly lately fled from their duty. There were nine-
teen in the whole, but, fortunately for themselves, two of these de-
luded creatures were taken up in the city and conveyed to the place
from whence they came. The remainder are scattered to and fro on
the earth, being, as the swine of old, possessed and had they ran into
the Delaware, it would have been well for their country. They are
now at large, and with the poison of their tongues (if not speedily
prevented) will taint the minds of their late constituents, as they are
suffered to go forth as lying prophets to delude and misguide the
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