Harrison had courted Mr. A legislature in three branches ought to be preserved, and independent judges. I mean no insinuation against any gentleman now onthis station, having heard no complaint of any one of them to his dishonor. The fourth, Andrew Doria, in memory of the great Genoese Admiral, and the fifth, Providence, for the town where she was purchased, the residence of Governor Hopkins, and his brother Ezek, whom we appointed first captain. It was on Wednesday last, upon Staten Island, opposite to Amboy, where his lordship received and entertained us with the utmost politeness.

I knew of none to be found. On him we could always depend for sound measures, though he seldom spoke in public. But when such restraints are taken off, it becomes an encroaching, grasping, restless, and ungovernable power. I presume this was the fact, because Mr. I had been four years in Congress, had left my accounts in a very loose condition, my debtors were failing, the paper money was depreciating: I had applications from all quarters in the most important disputes.

Two letters from General Washington of the 22d, and 23d, were referred to Mr. There ought to be a well digested system for eating, drinking, and sleeping.

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Foreign nations, particularly France and Spain, would not think us worthy of their attention while we appeared to be deceived by such fallacious hopes of redress of grievances, of pardon for our offences, and of reconciliation with our enemies.

A memorial from sundry officers who served in Canada, referred to the board of war. This last provision for an agent, was contrived, I presume, for Mr. Let us see delineated before us the true map of man. But I must again return to the feudal law.

I will now proceed to relate the sequel of this conference: Morris, be a committee to bring in a resolution for subjecting to confiscation the property of the subjects of the crown of Great Britain, and particularly, of the inhabitants of the British West Indies, taken on the high seas, or between high and low water mark.


Hooper were, as yet, sufficiently advanced to agree to it. The rest consisted, principally, of assurances, that there was an exceeding good disposition in the King and his ministers to make that government easy to us, with intimations, that, in case of our submission, they would cause the offensive acts of Parliament to be revised, and the instructions to governors to be reconsidered; that so, if any just causes of complaint were found in the acts, or any errors in government were perceived to have crept into the instructions, they might be amended or withdrawn.

That a committee of three be appointed to prepare an estimate of the expense, and lay the same before the Congress, and to contract with proper persons to fit out the vessel. All these opinions they were enabled to spread and rivet among the people by reducing their minds to a state of sordid ignorance and staring timidity, and by infusing into them a religious horror of letters and knowledge.

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Nothing so puerile as this fell from me. Jay, and two letters from the Convention of New York, of the 11th, with sundry papers inclosed, among which were the following resolutions. I said I thought it by far the best constitution that had yet been adopted. After I had mounted my horse for my journey home, Mr.

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I presume this was the fact, because Mr. The only question is, whether it is a public emolument; and if it is, the rich ought undoubtedly to contribute, in the same q as to all other public burdens, — that is, in proportion to their wealth, which is secured by public expenses.


This resolution I considered as an epocha, a decisive event.

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These peculiar causes might operate upon them; but without these, we all know that human nature itself, from indolence, modesty, humanity, or fear, has always too much reluctance to a manly assertion of its rights. Upon business, his experience ob judgment were very useful.

I said, and did all in my power, dissertagion encourage the officers and men to fight them to the last extremity. The last was indeed left out, but the other two were retained even by this committee, who were all as high Americans as any in the house, unless Mr. He had lately presented to Mr.

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And if the public interest, liberty, and happiness have been in danger from the ambition or avarice of any great man, whatever may be his politeness, address, disserhation, ingenuity, and, in other respects, integrity and humanity, you have done yourselves honor and your country service by publishing and pointing out that avarice and ambition.

It was this great struggle that peopled America. I knew it to be impossible.

That this could be done only by conventions of representatives chosen by the people in the several colonies, in the most exact proportions.

For seven years before this, I had never been without three clerks in my office as a barrister; but now I had no secretary, or servant, whom I could trust to write, and every thing must be copied by myself, or anv hazarded without any copy. Vernon of the navy board, a little son dissertatin Mr.