-Signers of the Declaration
-Signers of the A. O. C.
-Signers of the U. S. Constitution
-Wives of the Signers
The Life of Gouverneur Morris
under its various names, of Congress, Convention, and Committee of Safety, with
the exception of a short period, for nearly three years, till he went to the
Continental Congress. Some preliminary
remarks are requisite to explain the basis, on which this new representative
government of New York was founded.
And here it
must be kept in mind, that wherever the power of Great Britain was thrown off or disavowed, all
political control passed by its natural course into the hands of the people. No man, or body of men, had authority to
command any other body of men or individual; equality of rights produced an
equality of condition; and the structure of government could only be raised on
the strength of powers delegated anew to certain persons, for this special
purpose, by the willing voice of the people, whom circumstances had made the
sole arbiters of their own political destiny.
Hence the primary movement was to bring the people to understand their
interests and act in concert, and the first means used to attain this end was
the establishment of Committees of Correspondence in different parts of the
country. These committees were chosen by
the people in towns, counties, parishes, districts, or smaller neighborhoods. They were entrusted with certain powers,
which enabled them to correspond with each other, and to represent in some sort
the political views and objects of their constituents. So necessary was this system in itself, and
so well adapted to promote the general welfare, that it was acceded to
everywhere, and in a short time committees were so universally appointed
throughout the colonies, that the friends of liberty had speedy and direct
channels open with each other in every part of the continent. This increased their mutual intelligence, gave
them confidence and encouragement, harmonized their sentiments, and sowed the
seeds of union.
committees in many instances had a more important, trust and that was the power
of electing deputies to meet the deputies of other committees for the purpose
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 30. 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.
Designed and Edited by John Vinci
Last modified August 20, 2006