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The Life of Gouverneur Morris

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as an attempt to justify the man, from whom the types were taken; we are fully sensible of his demerits, but earnestly wish that the glory of the present contest may riot be sullied, by an attempt to restrain the freedom of the press.’*[17]

Governor Trumbull wrote in reply, ‘that the proper resort for a private injury must be to the courts of law, which are the only jurisdictions that can take notice of violences of this kind.’  If it is to be viewed in a public light at all, the Governor continued, ‘the head and leader of the whole transaction was a respectable member of your city and Congress, whom we consider as the proper person to whom the whole transaction is imputable, and who belongs, and is amenable to, your jurisdiction alone, and therefore the affair cannot be considered as an intrusion of our people into your province, but as a violence or disorder happening among yourselves.’  Thus the two colonies were at issue, but as Rivington went off to Eng-


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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 67. 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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