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The Life of Gouverneur Morris

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regulations of trade ought to be paid into the respective colony treasuries, and be subject to the disposal of their deputies.

4. That in those colonies, whose representatives in general assembly are now chosen for a greater term than three years, such assemblies ought in the future not to exceed that term.

5. That the colonists are ready and willing to support the civil government within the respective colonies, and on proper requisitions to assist in a general defence of the empire, in as ample a manner as their respective abilities will admit.

6. That if objections be made, that a resort to a variety of colony legislatures for general aids is inconvenient, and that large unappropriated grants to the crown from America would endanger the liberty of the empire; then,

7. The colonies are willing to assent to a continental Congress, deputed from the several colonies to meet with a president appointed by the crown, for the purpose of raising and apportioning their general aids upon application made by the crown, according to the advice of the British Parliament, to be judged of by the said Congress.

8. And as the free enjoyment of the rights of conscience is of all others the most valuable branch of human liberty, and the indulgence and establishment of popery all along the interior confines of the old Protestant Colonies tends not only to obstruct their growth, but to weaken their security, that neither the Parliament of Great Britain, nor any other earthly legislature or tribunal, ought or can interfere or interpose in anywise howsoever in the religious and ecclesiastical concerns of the colonies.

9. That the colonies respectively are entitled to a free and exclusive power of legislation within themselves respectively, in all cases of internal polity whatsoever, subject only to the negative of their sovereign in such manner as has been heretofore accustomed.


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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 48. 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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