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Jensen, Merrill; Kaminski, John P.; Saladino, Gaspare J. (ed.) / Ratification of the Constitution by the states: Pennsylvania
2 (1976)

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


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B. CARLISLE RIOT/16 JAN.
are Chiefly Boys Calculated to intimdate the protest of the minority
laid the foundation for all this Disturbance it is a wicked Divilish pice
and will do more harm than the authours will or Can Cure we have
formed ourselves in to a Committee with a Design to seport the Law.
Peace and Good order and to protect Each other from outrage and
insult
I have sean sevral numbers of the federalists I Esteem [it] highly
I think it the' Best wrote of any thing that has been yet Published
we are told that writer is Mr [John] Jay but I Rather think that
it is wrote by Mr [Alexander] Hamilton if I Had all the numbers
I woud Endeavour to have them Republished in our news pepar
we have no news from the westward genrl Butler is at pittsburge shall
be glad to hear from You
1. RC (LT), Irvine Papers, PHi.
2. See "An Old Man," 2 January, and "One of the People," 9 January, both
IV:B above.
3. See "An Address to the Minority of the Convention," 2 January, IV:A above.
Another of the People, Carlisle Gazette, 16 January1
The base untruths, the infamous falsehoods contained in the publi-
cation under the signature of One of the People, require a refutation,
which would be unnecessary were the characters of the authors known
to the public. A decent, a candid, and true representation of the con-
duct of the rabble, who interrupted the rejoicing Wednesday the 26th
December, and burned the effigies on Thursday, was given to the
public, and the authority of it depended not on the respectability of
the writer, but on a proof of the facts; and those who doubted those
facts were referred to depositions in the hands of John Agnew, Esquire.
It depended then, not on an anonymous publication, but on testimony.
The names of the authors were left with the printers. It was not the
work of an attorney, nor the production of needy, obscure, and starv-
ing adventurers, whose precarious freedom depends on the nod of
their numerous creditors, nor of a man who lives in the violation of
every divine precept, and every moral duty, nor of one who has
basely deserted a constitution which he approved by an uplifted
hand in a town meeting, and who under the smile of complacency
and benevolence conceals a black and most treacherous heart; and
under the specious mantle of religion covers a depraved mind and the
most detestable hypocrisy. It never was fathered by him, whom they
basely attempt to calumniate under the appellation of an old spy.
A man who despises their impotent efforts to injure him, equally as
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