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The Life of Gouverneur Morris

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consulting on matters, which concerned them in common.  This power was delegated to them by the people when they were chosen, and in the Middle and Southem colonies it was exercised on numerous occasions.  In the New England colonies the committees possessed extensive powers, but these did not extend to elections, which were held by the people at large in towns, according to the old method.[8]

The delegates to the first Continental Congress were chosen in different ways.  In Massachusetts and some other colonies they were appointed by the regular Assemblies, apparently without any specific powers for this object from the people,


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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 31. 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 jvinci@colonialhall.com.

 
 


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