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Gouverneur MorrisAn Independent Life$
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William Howard Adams

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780300099805

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300099805.001.0001

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Things Fall Apart

Things Fall Apart

(p.41) Chapter 3 Things Fall Apart
Gouverneur Morris

William Howard Adams

Yale University Press

This chapter explains how Morris, the cautious loyalist, emerged as an unflinching patriot in the republican cause. If there was a single emotion driving him and defining his transformation into a supporter of independence, it was his rising contempt for what he considered the tyranny of the British ministry and its representatives. While insisting it was not in open rebellion, in fact, the new congress Morris joined assumed the full governing power and authority of New York's old Provincial Assembly. All the former colonies except for Maryland and Pennsylvania were under the extralegal direction of the Continental Congress working through the independent provincial conventions and congresses. Morris's position in the New York Congress put him in regular contact with Hamilton who was coordinating the state's troops with Washington's Continental Army.

Keywords:   Morris, republican cause, British ministry, New York, Provinicial Assembly, Continental Congress, Continental Army

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