Whiskey 220 ~ October 1794, Part 3 of 3
The Whiskey Rebellion 1791-94: Western Pennsylvania
Distillation creates essence … and sometimes that essence is a name.
As part of his executive duties, President Washington takes it upon himself to meet with two citizens fresh from a Whiskey Rebellion meeting:
“On the 9th, William Findley and David Redick – deputed by the Committee of Safety (as it is designated) which met on the 2nd of this month at Parkinsons Ferry arrived in Camp with the Resolutions of the said Committee.”
“... the ignorance, & general want of information among the people far exceeded any thing he had any conception of; That it was not merely the excise law their opposition was aimed at, but to all law, & Government; and to the Officers of Government; and that the situation in which he had been, & the life he had led for sometime, was such, that rather than go through it again, he would prefer quitting this scene altogether.”
So the Representative had had enough: what of the People?
George notes some good news from the two on that front with one exception; George writes that Mr. Redick reported: “That no person of any consequence, except one, but what had availed themselves of the proffered amnesty.”
There’s a Holdout, eh? – One who won’t accept the proffered amnesty? Hmm. The meeting adjourns until later in the afternoon ...
“At this second Meeting, there was little more than repetition of what had passed in the forenoon; and it being again mentioned that all the principal characters, except one, in the Western counties who had been in opposition, had submitted to the proposition – I was induced, seeing them in the Street the next day, to ask Mr. Redick who that one was? – telling him at the same time I required no disclosure he did not feel entirely free to make.”
George just asked Mr. Redick for the Holdout’s name:
“He requested a little time to think of it, and asked for another meeting – which was appointed for 5 oclock that afternoon – which took place accordingly and he said David Bradford was the person he alluded to in his former conversations.”
George got his name ~ David Bradford, the Holdout. There’s lots to his story, so much so that we’ll save that for next … like next October … in Whiskey 221.
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