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The Life of Gouverneur Morris

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government, had raised this spirit to a higher tone in Massachusetts, than any where else, but the electric chain of sympathy soon conducted it to all the members of the general body, which were assimilated by common interests, and exposed to common dangers, encroachment, and suffering.[25] Recently, however, much had been said and written on the subject.  The popular voice was becoming audible- in various quarters, and after the wide circulation and unparallelled success of the tract entitled Common Sense, in the winter and spring of 1776, the public mind rapidly converged to a point favorable alike to unanimity of sentiments and concerted action.

At this crisis the third New York Congress assembled, and, among their earliest proceedings, was the consideration of the resolution of the Continental Congress, recommending the organization of a new form of government.  Gouverneur Morris put himself at the head of the debates on this question, and opened the business by a long argument in support of the measure, showing by a series of facts and reasonings, that it was necessary, and that the proper time had arrived.  This argument embraced a wide, compass, sketching a historical outline

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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 91. 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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