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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/28 JAN.
despise mentioning such circumstances, were it not to contrast these
unembarrassed characters with those whom they are pleased to rep-
resent as needy, starving adventurers, &c.) least they should have a
disagreeable interview with some of their "numerous creditors." Who
rose from a state of insignificancy and contempt to an appearance of
affluence, at the expence of the public, and retains that appearance
at the nod of "their numerous creditors." I wish the public to exam-
ine into the truth of these facts, and then say who has reason to boast
of an unembarrassed situation. They further add, "nor of a man who
lives in violation of every divine precept and moral duty;" perhaps
the authors of the old man's adopted brat may be very pious men
for ought I know, but if they are, they have certainly sworn to con-
ceal it from the rest of mankind, but men differ in opinion about
religious as well as civil matters, perhaps they account it divine pre-
cepts and moral duties, to print falshoods, threaten the lives of their
neighbours, go to church once or twice of a Sunday to hear a solemn
lecture on politics, blended with geography and astronomy, and inter-
spersed with a few religious hints, and spend the remainder of the
day in sacrificing to Bacchus; but it is evident this pious parade is
not so much intended to embellish their own character as it is to
defame that of another man's, but as his character is established in
Pennsylvania infinitely above the reach of their malicious insinua-
tions, and as Cumberland county hath already given demonstration
to the world that they esteem him a better man than any of their
fraternity; I shall therefore leave the public indignation to be their
scourge; and only observe, that it is evident the dagger has made a
large orrifice when such large quantities of dirt comes out. Yet not-
withstanding this great fluxion there is more dirt yet. The next pas-
sage that represents itself is of the same diabolical nature, they say,
"nor of one who 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 most de-
praved mind, &c." It is really astonishing the distracted frenzy that
disappointed rage will drive men to. One man they stigmatize as a
violator of every divine precept, 8cc. because he does not make a
specious profession of religion-another they brand with detestable
hypocrisy because he makes a profession of religion, and practices the
duties thereof too, with much more uprightness, at least to human
appearance (and we can judge no further) than any of his calumnia-
tors can pretend to; but the more good qualities he possesses the more
obnoxious he is to their envenomed malevolence; they hate him be-
cause he is a man of honesty and integrity, and dare think for himself,
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