649. Elbridge Gerry to Samuel R. Gerry
Cambridge, 28 January 1788 (excerpt)1

… I feel perfectly easy at my Situation; for standing on good ground I cannot be removed from it—the people in pennsylvania are so enraged at Mr Wilson & Judge McKean who were instrumental in having ye new system ratifyed as to burn them in effegy. attempts have been made to take up the rioters & the country people threatend the Justice in carlisle to pull down his House, & the houses of the federalists if they attempted to support him—I expect we shall be in a civil War, but may God avert the evil. …

1. RC, Samuel Russell Gerry Papers, MHi.