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The Life of Gouverneur Morris
short, they fairly contended about the future forms of our government, whether it should be founded upon Aristocratic or Democratic principles.
'I stood in
the balcony, and on my right hand were ranged all the people of property, with
some few poor dependants, and on the other all the tradesmen, &c. who thought it worth their while to leave
daily labor for the good of the country.
The spirit of the English Constitution has yet a little influence left,
and but a little. The remains of it,
however, will give the wealthy people a superiority this time, but would they
secure it, they must banish all schoolmasters, and confine all knowledge to
themselves. This cannot be. The mob begin to think and to reason. Poor reptiles! it is with them a vernal
morning, they are struggling to cast off their winter's slough, they bask in
the sunshine, and ere they will bite, depend upon it. The gentry begin to fear this. Their committee will be appointed, they will
deceive the people, and again forfeit a share of their confidence. And if these instances of what with one side
is policy, with the other perfidy, shall continue to increase, and become more
frequent, farewell aristocracy. I see,
and I see it with fear and trembling, that if the disputes with
'It is the interest of all men, therefore, to seek for
reunion with the parent state. A safe
compact seems in my poor opinion to be now tendered. Internal taxation to be left with ourselves. The right of regulating trade to be vested 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 25. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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