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    Whiskey Rebellion - An Important Grouping of Documents, 4 pieces, 8" x 12" each (approx.), various places, February 11-14, 1795. Includes a lengthy manuscript DS by federal district judge Richard Peters, Jr. (1744-1828) who accompanied the federal forces to western Pennsylvania and who presided over many of the resultant trials, 2 pages, [Philadelphia], February 14, 1795, being a copy of a bill to United States from Marshal David Lennox. Lennox was one of the revenue collectors attacked in the summer of 1794, prompting military action against the rebellion. The invoice notes Lennox's expenses from June 1794 to January 1795 including attendance at grand and petit juries, serving summonses and the like. Of particular interest are several entries, amounting to several hundred dollars for paying "Capt. Peter Faulkner for thee expences [sic] of an Escort who conducted from Northumberland county to Philadelphia Wm. Bonham charged with treason...paid...by Judge Peters...Paid sundry expences of the Judiciary (on the Western expedition from Bedford to Wright's [Tavern]...Paid Jno. Blanchard for the expences of an Escort who conducted from Bedford to Philadelphia Herman Husbands [sic], Robert Philson, George Lucas & George Wiscarver..." Herman Husband (1724-95), a long-time radical and a celebrated North Carolina Regulator, was by the 1780s known as "The Philosopher of the Allegheny," the author of numerous political pamphlets. Around the same period he moved to western Pennsylvania and in the early 1790s became very much part of the resistance against the excise on whiskey, though he argued against violent resistance. Despite his moderation, he too was arrested in 1794 and marched to Philadelphia. Though released, his health was compromised by the long journey and imprisonment, and he died on his return home in June 1795. Peters signs the document attesting to the accuracy of Lennox's claims. Three days earlier, Peters endorsed another bill from Lennox, manuscript document, 1 page, 8.5" x 10.5", Philadelphia, January 1, 1795, this one including monies "Paid the Guide for the party who apprehended Harmon Husbands & Robert Philson...Ditto for the Guide to the party who apprehended George Weiscarver & Geo. Lucas...paid George Smith Gaoler of Bedford County for the substance of Husbands' Philson Weiscarver & Lucas..." Offered together with two related documents, one endorsed and signed by David Lennox "David Lenox", 1 page, 8" x 13", [no place] February 12, 1795 certifying that "...J. D. Blanchard was appointed to the Command of the Party who conducted from Bedford to Philadelphia...charged with Treason against the United States..." Light toning, a few marginal tears, usual folds, else very good. Ex. Henry E. Luhrs Collection.


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