The Dining Creek Meeting
One of these took place at the Dining Creek Meeting House. The assemblage was larger than could be accommodated in the building. Robinson therefore took his stand upon a rock in the woods, read one of the cutters and was commenting upon its contents. He alluded to the case of Saul and David to show the miseries which result from rebellion. He heaped abusive epithets upon the Continental Congress, George Washington, and the principles they advocated. He stated that when the rascals had involved the people to in extricable difficulties they would run away to the Indians, Spaniards and islands. When this last sentence was uttered Samuel McJunkin remarked: “I wonder where Preachers Joe Robinson and Cotton will then be.” At this remark Robinson was overwhelmed with shame, descended abruptly from his rostrum and went off. As he was going he was heard to say: “I would have carried my point if it had not been for that old Irish Presbyterian, but he has defeated me.”
Fletcher, however, continued his efforts to lull the apprehensions of the people as to the measures of the Royal Government, and to induce the belief that their interests and loyalty were identical. And it is not surprising that his success was considerable.