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The Life of Gouverneur Morris
mode, and in each county a majority of the polls were against an election of
deputies, alleging as a reason, that they had been disappointed in the hopes
they entertained of the former Congress, and in their confident belief, that a
plan of reconciliation with Great Britain would before that time have been
effected. But the truth was, the
inhabitants of these two counties had been tampered with, by the British
men-of-war in the
undertook to pass a censure upon the disaffected persons, who thus openly
contemned their authority, and resolved that they had violated the general
Association, that they should be put out of the protection of the Congress,
that the names of the delinquents should be reported and published, and that
all commercial intercourse between them and the other inhabitants should be cut
off. This was a kind of brutum fulmen, which could do no harm to
one party, and of course no good to the other.
These persons neither expected nor desired any protection from the
Congress, nor cared who knew their names; a commercial intercourse they wanted
not, and the general Association they despised.
The true secret of these imbecile proceedings is contained in the letter
of the Congress to their delegates at
The terrific apparition of a burning town haunted them day and night. They nourished the vipers in their bosom, and lived in a perpetual apprehension of their bite. ‘The power which the King's ships have of destroying the property of the city,’--this was the pivot upon which the wheel of their policy turned, the star of ill omen, that never ceased to linger with portentous aspect in their vision, the axiom on which
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 73. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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