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The Life of Gouverneur Morris

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After the usual preparation at the subordinate schools, he was entered at the college in the city of New York, where he graduated in May, 1768, at the age of sixteen.  While at college he was more distinguished for quickness of parts and facility of acquisition, than for industry; a passion for learning, or general scholarship.  Latin and the mathematics were his favorite studies, and though he began to read Shakspeare and make rhymes at an early period, and notwithstanding a lively imagination was a predominant quality of his mind, yet it may be doubted whether his taste was ever decidedly bent in the direction of elegant letters, or the flowery regions of ornamental literature.  The eminent men of his family had all been remarkable for their acuteness, their skill in discussion,

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From The Life of Gouverneur Morris: With Selections from His Correspondence and Miscellaneous Papers; Detailing Events in the American Revolution, The French Revolution, and in the Political History of the United States, by Jared Sparks, Volume 1, Boston: Gray & Bowen, 1832, p 5. Some minor edits may have been made, but an attempt has been made to preserve the original spelling. Although some effort has been made to correct the limitations of OCR technology, if you find an error please report it to


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