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    [Whiskey Rebellion] Macpherson's Blues Corps Ledger and Listing of Members. The ledger is dated four years after the end of the Whiskey Insurrection, the armed protest during Washington's administration in the early 1790s against the Whiskey Tax levied by the U. S. government which western farmers resented, it contains the minutes of the Corps, beginning with the formation of a "Committee of Elections...appointed for the purpose of electing Members into the Corps of Macpherson Blues." Prospective candidates to the Corps must be "a good Citizen and firmly attached to the Constitution and Government of the United States." A list of candidates follows. Entered May 29, 1798 is the rules and regulations for the meeting of the group as well as a list of potential candidates to join the Corps. Bound within the ledger, albeit upside down, is A Journal of the Minutes of the Committee of Elections appointed for the purpose of electing Gentlemen into the Corps commanded by Colonel William Macpherson, which is similar in form to the rest of the minutes, but dates from 1795, one year after the Whiskey Rebellion. The last entry is dated December 24, 1799, and concludes with the usual recommendation of candidates. The ledger is bound in marbled boards and was stored bent vertically, causing a fold through the entire book. Pages are heavily toned with some light foxing throughout, but the text is still bold and vibrant.

    Additionally included are two lists of members of the Corps: The first is a list of "the Old far as I am capable of recollecting," comprising of original members. The second is a list "of the Blues admitted into the Corps since its reorganization."

    William Macpherson (1755-1813), a native of Philadelphia, was a former officer of the British Army who joined the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. Appointed to various positions throughout Philadelphia by George Washington during his presidency, he raised a battalion of volunteers from Philadelphia, who took the moniker Macpherson's Blues, that volunteered to march out against the insurgents during the Whiskey Rebellion.

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