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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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that the militia should return to their homes. They marched to the
gaol where the voluntary prisoners presented themselves, and were
received and conducted to the courthouse in triumph. There the
militia discharged their guns and after they had again paraded the
streets as they had done during four hours before from the time of
their coming to town. They left town by different routes, without
being guilty of the least mischief or insult, excepting what I shall men-
tion respecting the printers.
Thus the hopes and expectations of the unprincipled and desperate
wretches who have for some time past, from the worst of motives,
inflamed the minds of the unsuspecting people, have been happily
defeated. I have good reason to believe that the most respectable and
the honest part of those who came to town yesterday, with minds
highly inflamed, went home with very different sentiments, and I
believe they now begin to look with their own eyes and to think for
themselves. You may be assured that if these people are lef: to the
dispassionate exercise of their own good sense, they will think rightly.
The incendiaries well know this, and therefore it is a fundamental
point with them to keep the minds of the honest unsuspecting men
in a continual state of inflammation, by the most impudent declama-
tory falsehoods-and we all know that in this state of mind, the wisest
and most upright men are very credulous and easily imposed upon.
Those who went so willingly and unnecessarily to gaol 2re only
the tools of tools. I verily believe that they, and those here who im-
mediately urged them on, wished and expected to foment a civil war.
Happily their attempts, as well as the machinations of those at the
bottom of this wickedness, have proved abortive on this occasion and
will, I hope, be brought to nought ultimately. I must, however, do
many respectable characters, whose minds were for some time greatly
adverse to that Constitution, which most of the wisest and best men on
the continent so highly approve of, the justice to observe that they
seemed upon this occasion as anxious to preserve peace and good or-
der, as any others. Upon the whole, seeming evil has often s'nce the
Revolution been productive of real good in our public affair;, and I
trust that when the people reflect upon what a trifling and unneces-
sary occasion they were led to collect in such numbers (and many from
a distance) at this inclement season of the year-when they become
sensible (indeed some expressed themselves to be so before they left
the town) how much their minds have been inflamed by groundless
insinuations, they will in earnest think for themselves and act accord-
ing to the dictates of reason-not the impulse of passions.
The incendiaries here have iniquitously attempted to set the coun-
try at variance with the town by asserting that the inhabitants of the

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