To Edmund Randolph
[Carlisle, Pennsylvania, October 6, 1794. On October 8, 1794, Randolph wrote to William Rawle: “The Secretary of State … has the honor to communicate … the following Extract of a letter of the 6th instant1 this moment received from the Secretary of the Treasury.…”2 Letter not found.]
LC, RG 59, Domestic Letters of the Department of State, Vol. 7, June 27–November 30, 1794, National Archives.
1. The extract reads as follows: “It is material that the District attorney [William Rawle] should come forward immediately; and further information shews that it is necessary the District Judge [Richard Peters] should also repair without delay to the army. You will make the requisite communications to those Gentlemen urging their departure” (LC, RG 59, Domestic Letters of the Department of State, Vol. 7, June 27–November 30, 1794, National Archives).
2. On October 8, 1794, Randolph wrote to George Washington: “I have the honor to acknowledge Colo Hamilton’s letter of the 6th instant, written by your direction.
“Judge Peters and Mr. Rawle intend to proceed to-morrow. They will carry with them copies of all the subscriptions. Some of the names indeed are so badly written, that mistakes are inevitable. If therefore any individuals, whose names do not appear, or may be inaccurately transcribed, should claim the benefit, it may be perhaps right to indulge competent proof from some other source.” (LC, RG 59, Domestic Letters of the Department of State, Vol. 7, June 27–November 30, 1794, National Archives.)
A “subscription paper” was a pledge made by volunteers to join in support of the militia to effect submission to the excise laws.