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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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“The great Question of Independency”

“The great Question of Independency”

(p.59) Chapter 4 “The great Question of Independency”
Gouverneur Morris

William Howard Adams

Yale University Press

This chapter explains that Morris had always considered the regulation of trade one of the essential elements of a government's sovereignty. Morris, the congressional delegate, enthusiastically backed the depredations of the rebel military authority described by Jones. For Morris, the linking of imminent independence with the imperative need to form a regular government was clear. In his judgment, a new government should come first. In the confusion of war, extralegal committees were unable to provide the stability and legitimacy offered by a permanent constitution. Even while they were on the run, Morris and his colleagues found time to think about and then begin to build the state from the bottom up, public demonstration in the art of political science, a simple case study in solving the problems of a free, republican government. But the fear of popular government was widespread, and not only among the gentry of New York.

Keywords:   Morris, sovereignty, government, extralegal committees, public demonstration

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