George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 5 October 1794]

5th.—Sunday. Went to the Presbiterian Meeting and heard Doctr. Davidson Preach a political Sermon, recommendatory of order & good government; and the excellence of that of the United States.

The First Presbyterian Church of Carlisle was on the northeast corner of the town’s center square. In 1785 Dr. Robert Davidson (d. 1812) had been called to the church’s pulpit (NEVIN description begins Alfred Nevin. Churches of the Valley: or, An Historical Sketch of the Old Presbyterian Congregations of Cumberland and Franklin Counties, in Pennsylvania. Philadelphia, 1852. description ends , 238). Dr. Davidson was an outspoken critic of the rebellion. In a sermon of 28 Sept. 1794 he had railed against the “sinners” who had taken up arms against their government. “But if they will resist, and involve themselves in the guilt of rebellion, they deserve not to be pitied nor spared” (BALDWIN [3] description begins Leland D. Baldwin. Whiskey Rebels: The Story of a Frontier Uprising. 1939. Rev. Ed., Pittsburgh, 1968. description ends , 226).

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