Excerpt from History of the Western Insurrection in Western Pennsylvania: Commonly Called the Whiskey Insurrection, 1794 Many years ago, we conversed together on the subject of republishing our father's work, entitled "Incidents of the Western Insurrection." which had been long out of print - although remarkable for the truthful and graphic ...
Excerpt from History of the Western Insurrection in Western Pennsylvania: Commonly Called the Whiskey Insurrection, 1794 Many years ago, we conversed together on the subject of republishing our father's work, entitled "Incidents of the Western Insurrection." which had been long out of print - although remarkable for the truthful and graphic account it gave of one of the most important occurrences of American history. But, after reflecting on the subject, we concluded, that however interesting as a piece of contemporary history, and however much it might conduce to his fame, there were considerations of delicacy and feeling which stood in the way of such republication. These were principally, the strictures on the acts of persons who had passed from the stage of life, but whose descendants might be pained by the exhibition of their forefathers in an unfavorable light. Instead of pursuing the course which at first suggested itself, I adopted the plan of writing a biographical notice, giving a brief outline of the incidents of the Insurrection, saying enough to do justice to our father, but carefully avoiding everything that could possibly wound the sensibility of any survivor, or descendant, of those with whom he came in conflict during those trying times. This was published in the "Southern Messenger," Richmond, Virginia, and afterward as an introduction to "Modern Chivalry." This delicacy was not met in a corresponding spirit. A work, under the title of "History of Pittsburgh," was published by Neville B. Craig, the representative of the "Neville connection," in which there is a most perverted and false representation of the conduct of the people of Western Pennsylvania, and of the town of Pittsburgh, and, at the same time, the grossest misrepresentation of the actions and motives of individuals who were most active in restraining the excesses of the people, who considered themselves aggrieved by the excise laws. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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