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The Life of Gouverneur Morris

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These several methods were examined, their respective advantages compared, and the committee decided in favor of the last, as giving a more certain credit to the currency, securing a wider circulation, and presenting a new bond of union to the associated colonies, by creating a common interest in the property of the circulating medium, and a common responsibility for its final redemption.  The report was throughout patriotic, founded on liberal views of the great cause in which the friends of liberty in every part of America were engaged; and tinged with no local partialities inconsistent with the good of the whole.

When it was read and received, a day was fixed for its being resumed, and on motion of Mr. Morris it was agreed, that the doors should be open on that clay, and the merchants and others of the city and colony invited to attend and hear the debates.  It was discussed accordingly in presence of a thronged audience, and Mr. Morris's speech on that occasion was listened to with admiration, and looked upon as an extraordinary display of argument and eloquence in a young man of twenty-three.  The knowledge he manifested of a most intricate subject, which is seldom mastered by years of experience, the force of his reasoning, the ingenuity of his illustrations, a manner at once dignified and persuasive, an elocution smooth and unembarrassed, confidence in his own powers, and a deep sense of the importance of his subject, all these conspired to quicken his energies and strengthen his efforts, till he found his way to the hearts of his hearers, and carried captive their understandings.  It was a day of glory and auspicious moment to the young orator, long remembered and treasured up in the minds of the people, as a precursor of future success and eminence.[10]

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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 39. 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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