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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

Page 686

chains and fetters, were to be the portion of their adversaries, but their
bravadoes were all visionary, their dastardly souls shrunk back into
their own native cowardice, and their sanguinary hopes of vengeance
was again disappointed. They then betook themselves to scribbling;
here again they promised themselves the advantage, having the learned
professions on their side, and by the help of their invention they
fabricated a system of falshood and misrepresentations, and procured
an old man whom they before employed as a spy to father them, which
they published in the Carlisle Gazette; this provoked one of the peo-
ple to draw forth the dagger of truth and thrust it into their bellies,
which had the very effect he expected, and which naturally results
from such causes, viz. the dirt came out. I don't undertake the dis-
agreeable task of wading through such heaps of putrid matter from
any design to point forth their nauseous qualities to the public; to
suppose they needed this, would be an insult upon their understand-
ing, but I am a pationate friend to liberty which makes me delight in
tormenting tyrants; I must therefore give the dagger another thrust,
for there is more dirt yet. The authors of the piece signed, another
of the people, conscious that reason and truth detested their cause
like the rest of their new federal brethren, betake themselves to per-
sonal slander, defamation and detraction, in order to vent their
spleen and emit their disappointed malice: after a most virulent
declamation by way of introduction they exclaim that "their piece is
not the work of an attorney," in this I grant they have justly corrected
one of the people, perhaps it is not the work of one attorney, I will
believe it employed the heads of all the attorneys then in town, and
all the auxillaries they could procure to compose it; and it certainly
does honour to their literary acquisitions. They may without pre-
sumption vie with a Solon, a Lycurgus, a Montesquieu or an Adams;
they add "nor of needy obscure and starving adventurers whose pre-
carious freedom depends on the nod of their numerous creditors;" it
is evident this alludes to the new-incomers; large quantities cf dirt of
the same kind is disgorged in other places-they say, that "they are
men equally void of credit, character or understanding;" and again,
that "the old man would scarcely wish to barter an unembarrassed
situation for poverty." By all these dirty and malicious hints, it is
evident that the old man and his party, envies the rising consequence
of the new-incomers, notwithstanding they affect to deny it; for it is
manifest that such of the new-incomers as is here pointed at, is in
much better credit than many of their malicious adversariei, whose
credit would not permit them to appear in Philadelphia this fall
(Some of them has not gone down these nine, twelve and eighteen
months, and some of their greatest nabobs these two years; we would

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