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The Life of Gouverneur Morris
He hints at several other advantages of independence, besides the three broad and extensive ones already enumeraed, particularly a flourishing commerce, augmentation of wealth, increase of population, and diffusion of knowledge, which would ‘cause all nations to resort hither as an asylum from oppression;’ and adds,
‘Nothing more remains but to say a word on the inconveniences, to which an
independent form of government would subject us. And what are they ? A war with
‘I do not scruple to affirm, that all dangers to be apprehended from an independency, may well be obviated by this Assembly. If we so regulate our own power, as to give perfect freedom in our Constitution, there is but little danger of intestine broils. For mankind, however chargeable with levi-
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 105. 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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