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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


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B. CARLISLE RIOT/23 JAN.
they desert it here). The gentleman alluded to, challenges the Poother
Anatomy who circulated the insidious falshood of a British soldier,
to step forth and prove the assertion, otherwise he will be looked on
with contempt, and treated accordingly. If his Pootership declines this
reasonable demand, he may expect the public will consider him what
he really is, a blazing meteor, or mere sky-rocket; but as the public
are already in full possession of his [---] faculty, and as he has
formerly given a specimen of his vindictive, slanderous disposition, I
shall dismiss him at present with wishing nothing worse to befal
him, than he procured lately to a man of principles much superior
to himself]; this would be adding the crime of ingratitude to that
of lying, defaming and cheating the hireling of his wages."
It is denied by them that the rejoicers had muskets, bayonets and
bludgeons at the time of their rout, I know not what they had at the
time of their rout, perhaps they threw them away that they might not
incumber them in their flight; but that they had them immediately
before their rout is a fact given in testimony, where no party riden
lawyers were admitted as inquisitors, nor was the truth partly heard,
and partly stifled, but the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the
truth was required and stated with the utmost precision; neither was
self-accusation extorted from the simple and ignorant, by terror and
menace, so that any person who may be solicitous to ascertain a true
state of facts, may have information from other depositions besides
those in the "upright magistrates" inquisition; upright indeed! rather
the dupe and creature of a domineering faction. They affirm "the
drum of the mob had not beat until the federalists left the ground,"
the drum of the mob was their own drum, but if they mean the
people's drum it is a palpable falsehood; it can be proven by more
than fifty witnesses, that the people's drum beat around two squares
before they (the federalists) left the ground.-They seem to be mightily
chagrined at calling the intended rejoicers a mob, but why so much
offended, they were only acting in unison with their new federal
brethren in the city, whose conduct they [have?] [most?] cordially
approved [and?] chearfully recognized the authority of the mob in
Philadelphia, who broke open private houses, and dragged two of the
members through the streets to the State-House, and then guarded
the Assembly while they were passing the resolutions for calling the
state convention.2 The midnight mob headed by Jemey the Caledo-
nian [James Wilson], who attacked the lodgings of the western mem-
bers of Assembly and Council, on the night of the elections for con-
vention men, was an upright, orderly association, and highly servic-
able to the federal junto. The mob who insulted the western members,
when advocating the rights of the people in convention, was of great
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