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The Life of Gouverneur Morris

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On the 6th of March, a committee of the New York Congress waived on General Lee, with a list of regulations for supplying the armed ships with provisions, which they wished him to examine and approve.† They reported, I that General Lee was pleased to give for answer, that he was to resign the command here to Lord Stirling to night, but that if he were to continue, he would not consent to supply them with any provisions, as they were at open war with us; that he hoped Lord Stirling would be of the same opinion; that his instructions from the Continental Congress were, to use every means in his power for the defence of the city.í† This was the last public intercourse between General Lee and the Congress.† The regulations were approved by Lord Stirling, and no change in regard to the ships occurred.

Lord Stirling continued in command at New York, till General Washingtonís arrival, at the head of the American army from Boston, which was about the first of April.† Satisfied that more efficient measures were necessary, and resolved to carry them into effect, he wrote in strong terms to the Congress, and at last induced them to embrace his views, and follow his counsels.


Proceedings for organizing a new Government in New York.--Mr. Morris's views of the subject.--Mr. Jay's Resolutions.--Mr. Morris's Speech in favor of Independence.--His mission to the Continental Congress.--Declaration of Independence adopted in New York.--Committee appointed to draft a Constitution.

In the month of April a new election took place for another Congress, and a quorum was formed on the 8th of May.

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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 88. 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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