Jay came to my chamber to spend an evening with me. Public virtue cannot exist in a nation without private, and public virtue is the only foundation of republics. A regiment was no army to defend this country. When all was over, he told me he had been highly delighted with it, because he had been witness to many of their conversations, in which they had endeavored to excite and propagate prejudices against me, on account of my office of Chief Justice. This resolution was the effect of my late journey through the Jerseys to Staten Island.

And sincerely hope, in future, to have it in my power to make compensation. This, however, has been known by the great to be the temper of mankind; and they have accordingly labored, in all ages, to wrest from the populace, as they are contemptuously called, the knowledge of their rights and wrongs, and the power to assert the former or redress the latter. John Adams were no favorites of either. I went but was not so happy as among the Creek Thatch. By what causes it was brought to pass, that the people in the middle ages became more intelligent in general, would not, perhaps, be possible in these days to discover.

White Plains, July 9, John Rutledge, of South Carolina, and Mr.

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Have not some generals from England treated us like servants, nay, more like slaves than like Britons? The next morning we proceeded on our journey, and the remainder of this negotiation will uohn related from the Journals of Congress, and from a few familiar letters, which I wrote to my most intimate friends before and after my journey.

The Science of Government it is my Duty to study, more than all other Sciences: These may be seen in the Journal, and relate wholly to the defence of New York.


The time was extremely critical. I was always willing the General might obtain as many men as he possibly could, to enlist during the war, or during the longest period they could be persuaded to enlist for, and I always declared myself so. In such researches as these, let us all in our several departments cheerfully engage, — but especially the proper patrons and supporters of law, learning, and religion! They made it a crime for such a town to be destitute of a grammar schoolmaster for a few months, and subjected it to a heavy penalty.

No more, indeed, were made in my presence, but the party did not cease to abuse me in their secret circles on this account, as I was well informed.

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That no hereditary Edition: Perhaps the secretary, or the president, or both, chose rather to conceal the compliment to the General, than make one to the member who made the motion and the committee who prepared it. This gentleman had been appointed at my solicitation, Mr.

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I mention this incident, because that insolent blasphemer of things sacred, and transcendent libeller of all that is good, Tom Paine, has more than once asserted in print that I was one of a faction, in the fall of the yeararams General Washington. Committee of the whole on the articles of confederation.

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Although the system had been so long pursued to postpone all the great political questions, and take up any other business of however trifling consequence, yet we were daily urging on the order of the day, and on this day we succeeded. Lyman Hall and Button Gwinnet appear as delegates from Georgia, both intelligent and spirited men, who made a powerful addition to our phalanx. The committee was appointed and your servant was one.


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Lee, and seconded by J. I say RIGHTS, for such they have undoubtedly, antecedent to all earthly government, rights, that cannot be repealed or restrained by human laws – rights, derived from the great legislator of the universe. No motions recorded, 1 no yeas and nays taken down, no alterations proposed, no debates preserved, no names mentioned; all in profound secrecy. No member rose to answer him, and after waiting some time, Edition: Some of my own colleagues appeared greatly alarmed at it, and Mr.

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I have done all in my power according to what I thought my duty. Thomas Lynch, Junior, Esq.

Harrison reported no resolution. Jay and I, however, parted good friends and have continued such without interruption to this day.

Thomson, the secretary, was cousin to Mr. Harrison reported a resolution. But whatever the cause has been, the fact is certain, we have been excessively cautious of giving offence by complaining of grievances.

Livingston brought in a proclamation for a fast on the 17th of May. Jefferson was chairman, because he had most votes; and he had most votes, because we united in him to the exclusion of R. Paine was silent and reserved upon the subject, at least to me.

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I asked the reason; for Mr. These resolutions are on the Journals, and amount to something. They had become intelligent in general, and nohn of them learned.