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Wayne, Anthony [Notes from the Pennsylvania Executive Council regarding pardons, appointments, and appropriations of funds].

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC08497 Author/Creator: Wayne, Anthony Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Autograph document Date: circa 6 January-9 June 1780 Pagination: 2 p.

Summary of Content: Wayne notes that on 6 January 1780, the Executive Council pardoned William Cassidy and Peter Swope, both of whom were "convicted of high treason--on condition that he serve as a soldier during the present war in one of the regiments of this State..." Wayne terms the declaration of the Council "A dangerous president [sic--precedent]...of fatal consequences." Also notes the appointment of a judge who took office while failing to resign as a member of the House of Representatives. Mentions disparagingly the appropriations of scalping rewards and other questionable payments. Concludes with entry on 9 June stating: "The E.C. declare Martial Law in violation of every Principle of Liberty & the Constitution."

People: Wayne, Anthony, 1745-1796

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Revolutionary WarRevolutionary War GeneralPardonPrisonerPrisoner of WarTreasonLoyalistFinanceState ConstitutionContinental ArmyMilitary HistoryCorruption and ScandalGovernment and CivicsAtrocityAmerican Indian History

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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