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The Life of Gouverneur Morris
ent temperaments of the General, and the members of the Congerss, they went on together with as much harmony as could be expected. They agreed, and acted in unison, on all essential points, or at least so far, that he was able to execute his plans, without any embarrassing opposition. They were totally at variance, however, as to one subject, and that was the supplying of the ships in the harbor with provisions, which the Congress persisted in doing, and with which the General forbore to interfere, since it did not obstruct nor retard his schemes for defensive preparations.
Governor, and the captain of the man-of-war,’ said he, in a letter to General
Washington, ‘had threatened perdition to the town, if the cannon were removed
from the batteries and wharves, but I ever considered their threats as idle
menaces, and even persuaded the town to be of the same way of thinking. We accordingly conveyed them to a place of
safety, in the middle of the day, and no cannonade ensued. Captain Parker publishes a pleasant reason for
his past con-duct. He says, that it was
manifestly my intention, and that of the
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 82. 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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