History of the Insurrection: In the Four Western Counties of Pennsylvania in the Year MDCCXCIV ; with a Recital of the Circumstances Specially Connected Therewith, and an Historical Review of the Previous Situation of the Country (Google eBook)

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Samuel Harrison Smith, No. 118, Chesnut-street., 1796 - Pennsylvania - 328 pages
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Page 316 - Government, to vindicate the violated laws, hns not at this period been made sufficiently apparent, and that the military power of the Government ought not to be employed until its judiciary authority, after a fair experiment, has proved incompetent to enforce obedience, or to punish infractions of the law. The law having...
Page 298 - December, 1793, a bill for making the amendments in the laws, which had been for some time desired, was brought in, and on the 5th of June last became a law. It is not to be doubted that the different stages of this business were regularly notified to the malcontents, and that a conviction of the tendency of the amendments contemplated to effectuate the execution of the law, had matured the resolution to bring matters to a violent crisis.
Page 130 - I do solemnly promise henceforth to submit to the laws of the United States, and that I will not directly or indirectly oppose the execution of the act for raising a revenue on distilled spirits and stills, and that I will support as far as the law requires the civil authority in affording the protection due to all officers and other citizens.
Page 317 - ... infractions of, the laws ; that the strength and audacity of certain lawless combinations have baffled and destroyed the efforts of the judiciary authority to recover penalties or inflict punishment; and that this authority, by a regular notification of this state of things, has, in the last resort, as an auxiliary of the civil authority, claimed the intervention of the military power of the United States.
Page 180 - Government ; that, this being the first instance of the kind since the commencement of the Government, he thought it his duty to bring out such a force as would not only be sufficient to subdue the insurgents if they made...
Page 63 - Are you a Tom Tinker's man?' Every man was willing to be thought so, and some had great trouble to wipe off imputations to the contrary." Mr. Findlay says, " it afterwards appeared that the letters did not originate with Holcroft, though the inventor of them has never been discovered." In Congress, on the 5th June, 1794, the excise law was amended. Those, however, who desired not amendment, but absolute repeal, were thereby incited to push matters to a more violent crisis. It became indispensable...
Page 115 - In it a determination was expressed to support the State laws and afford protection to the citizens; this was an important step toward the restoration of order, for at that time no man thought himself safe, in many places, in telling his real sentiments ; threats were not only circulated in anonymous letters, but were contained in the mottoes of liberty poles ; one was erected on the morning of the meeting, and within view of it; it was erected under the direction of those who signed the Braddock's...
Page 307 - Dr. Beard, the Brigade Inspector for Washington county, was hearing appeals made by some of the militia of a battalion, who had been called upon for a proportion of the quota of this state of...
Page 66 - Fayette, and Westmoreland,) commenced as early as they were known to have been passed. It has continued with different degrees of violence, in the different counties, and at different periods, but Washington has uniformly distinguished its resistance by a more excessive spirit than has appeared in the other counties, and seems to have been chiefly instrumental in kindling and keeping alive the flame.
Page 62 - ... President. A term had come into popular use before this time to designate the opposition to the excise law; it was that of Tom the Tinker. It was not given, as the appellation of Whig originally was, as a term of reproach by adversaries,39 but assumed by the people who were active in some of the masked riots which took place at an early period. A certain John Holcroft was thought to have made the first application of it. It was at the time of the masked attack on a certain William Cochran, who...

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