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Ratification of the Constitution by the states. Microform supplement: Delaware
([1978])

Timoleon, Pennsylvania packet, 15 June 1787,   pp. 16-23


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S Timoleon, Pennsylvania Packet, 15 June 1787
From the DELAWARE GAZETTE.
To the PEOPLE of DELAWARE.
My fellow citizens,
WHAT most immediately demands your attention is the
subject of our finances. Few people interest themselves
in this branch of government so as to comprehend it
well. Hence it is, that unjust and tyrannical rulers
never fail to employ the public revenues to serve the
purposes of their own ambition, avarice, and prejudices.
And when I shall unfold the mystery of iniquity which
pervades the present scheme of financing in Delaware,
all honest men will be astonished.
It may be necessary for me to premise here, that
the principal debt assumed by our state consists of the
depreciation certificates: Besides which, there are
considerable sums due to individual citizens, for money
lent, articles furnished,1and services done during the
war. The civil list and requisitions of Congress
compose our chief annual expences. We have hitherto
had no revenues but from a direct taxation upon property
and a few trifling forfeitures.


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