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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 Continental Congress, 1778–1779

The Continental Congress, 1778–1779

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(p.95) Chapter 6 The Continental Congress, 1778–1779
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Gouverneur Morris
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William Howard Adams

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300099805.003.0007

This chapter focuses on Morris's reputation as a genius and for his eloquence. However, generally the reviews were mixed. All of the business of the government, including running the war, was carried out by congressional committees because there was no executive branch of the jerry-built government. Congress had received a report from the committee looking into the charges against all of the American commissioners in Paris. Morris had become personally ambivalent in the role of a delegate as the business of Congress became more publicly political and as peace became a serious possibility. The long-running fight with New Hampshire over territorial claims was very much a local issue, but it did not particularly engage Morris's interest. Instead, his imagination and energy were increasingly drawn to what he believed would be the emergence of a strong central government, far superior to the Confederation; a topic not foremost on the mind of many Albany politicians.

Keywords:   Morris, congressional committees, Congress, American commissioners, central government

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