This chapter talks about the document which in retrospect became known as the Constitutional Convention. In January 1786, the Virginia assembly issued an invitation to a conference in Annapolis, Maryland, to take into consideration the trade of the states and consider the possibility of giving Congress the power to regulate commerce. With his skeptical, if often irreverent, appraisal of human nature, Morris clearly relished the rhetorical clashes provoked by the attempt to establish a successful republican government. He quickly found that his opponents could respond in kind with their own brand of scepticism. Among Morris's other ventures in France was the prospect of organizing private investors to purchase the American debt of some thirty-four million dollars from the strapped French government at fifty cents on the dollar.
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