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

Brutus
Brutus: an enquiry into the present grievances of America, (Philadelphia) Freeman's journal, 28 May 1788,   pp. 347-351


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they could have employed their subject better, and to more
advantage, on shore. If Europe had not been overstocked with
inhabitants, Columbus had not explored a new world. Here
then, to reason fairly, we may say that Britain has greater
reason to deplore her situation than to boast her advantages.
They may with propriety boast of commerce who cannot exist
without it.
"If we ever mean to be truly independent, as individuals
and as a nation, like the silkworm we must spin the web from
our own bowels; and, leaving the manufactures, the fashions
and vices of Europe to themselves, pursue our true interest.
To illustrate this, look round among yourselves and see who
are in general the most independent men in this state.
The Quaker--the man who is not engaged in idle speculations
--who owns no slaves--who brings up his children to trades
and industry, to become serviceable members to the community
--who clothes his family in homespun. This man is a more
honorable member in the community, and a better subject to
the government, than the speculating merchant who, after
having drained the country of cash, becomes a banckrupt
himself; or the Carolinian nabob, who, though tyrannizing
over a thousand negroes, is continually in debt, and
possessing neither honor nor honesty pays his creditor
with a pine barren act.


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