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The Life of Gouverneur Morris
one thought he understood, and was egregiously mistaken. For you must know the shepherds kept the
dictionary of the day, and like the mysteries of the ancient mythology, it was
not for profane eyes or ears. This
answered many purposes; the simple flock put themselves entirely under the
protection of these most excellent shepherds.
By and bye behold a great metamorphosis, without the help of Ovid or his
divinities, but entirely effectuated by two modern genii, the god of ambition
and the goddess of faction. The first of
these prompted the shepherds to shear some of their flock, and then, in
conjunction with the other, converted the belwethers into shepherds. That we have been in hot water with the
British Parliament ever since, every body knows. Consequently these new shepherds had their
hands full of employment. The old ones
kept themselves least in sight, and a want of confidence in each other was not
the least evil which followed. The
' But art sometimes goes farther than force, and therefore to trick them handsomely a committee of patricians was to be nominated, and into their hands was to be committed the majesty of the people, and the highest trust was to be reposed in them by a mandate, that they should take care, quod respublica non capiat injuriam. The tribunes, through want of a good legerdemain in the senatorial order, perceived the finesse, and yesterday I was present at a grand division of the city, and there I beheld my fellow citizens very accurately counting all their chickens, not only before any of them were hatched, but before above one half of the eggs were laid. In
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 24. 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 email@example.com.
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