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    Whiskey Rebellion: Two Letters written during the rebellion, one while trying to join President Washington's march to put down the insurrection. (1) Two pages, 6.75" x 8", Harrisburg [Pennsylvania], July 5, 1794. "G. Fisher" reports to John Glocsinger that "Drummer & fifes of my company of Light Infantry at 4 oclock yesterday Morning paraded completely acquiped & with the Genuine ardour of Freemen agreed anonymously to march at a Moments Warning, in Defence of their rights, Liberty & property." Toned with folds.
    (2) One page, 6.5" x 8", "Camp at Carlile", October 11, 1794. While marching through southern Pennsylvania trying to catch up to President Washington's main army, William Harris of Chester County, Pennsylvania, informs his wife, Mary, of his "comfortable march" through Lancaster to Carlisle, Pennsylvania. "Unfortunately we arrived about One [h]Our two Late to see our troops march from this place." Since he missed President Washington and the main body of the army at Carlisle, Harris expected to overtake them the next day in Shippensburg. "We expect we shall not stop short of Bedford, as the President is Determined to Listen to no Proposals till he Marches his Army into the midst of there country." In the address panel, Harris has written below his wife's address, "Sign of Genl. Washington." On toned paper with minor separation at fold intersections.

    In 1791, President George Washington's treasury secretary, Alexander Hamilton, promoted an excise tax on whiskey to fund the large national debt. Farmers in western Pennsylvania, who suffered the most under the whiskey tax burden, resisted paying. The situation deteriorated in July 1794, eleven days after the first letter above was written, when many farmers attacked the home of the Pennsylvania tax inspector. President Washington himself led 12,000 militia to quell the resistance. By the time Washington's overwhelming force arrived on the scene, the rebels had disappeared and order was restored. The tax was repealed in 1800.


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