Whiskey Rebels: The Story of a Frontier Uprising

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Chapter VI: The Mingo Meeting

ON Monday afternoon, July 21, a young man from the Mingo Creek settlement led his horse off the Monongahela ferry and then rode down Water Street and out Market to the house of Hugh Henry Brackenridge. Here he dismounted and, entering the front room that served as an office, handed the lawyer a folded note from David Hamilton. It is easy to reconstruct the scene after the young man had gone as the cautious lawyer opened the missive and read an invitation from David Hamilton to attend a meeting of the committee at the Mingo meetinghouse the next Wednesday. He must have glanced cautiously around to see whether he was observed and read the message again with an air almost furtive. After that he folded the paper and tore it into bits, then threw the scraps into a closet along with other waste paper that had collected from time to time in that untidy recess.

What was his perturbation the next day when Presley Neville, of all people, walked into his office and asked if he had not received a note from David Hamilton!

"I have," replied the lawyer, "but how have you come to the knowledge of it?" Neville thereupon answered that the young man who had brought it had disclosed the fact as well as the contents of the note.

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