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The Life of Gouverneur Morris

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ducted, from the smallest assemblages upward, and the special care which all men in office took not to go beyond the instructions, or the will, of their constituents, are the features most strongly marked in the machinery of government, which was then beginning its movements.

The delegates to the Continental Congress had been chosen for an unlimited time, or at least no term of duration was specified in their credentials.  Of this omission they reminded the new Provincial Congress, and desired that no delicacy in regard to them might operate either to prevent, or influence, another appointment, as soon as it should be deemed proper.[19]

The two counties of Queen's and Richmond refused to send representatives to the Provincial Congress.  The freeholders and inhabitants of those counties were called together, for the purpose of expressing their sense of this subject by a vote in

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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 72. 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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