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Jensen, Merrill; Kaminski, John P.; Saladino, Gaspare J. (ed.) / Ratification of the Constitution by the states: Pennsylvania
2 (1976)

C. Public and private commentaries on the Constitution, 10 October-10 November 1787,   pp. 180-223


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C. COMMENTARIES/17 OCT.
wall around our mill that the people may not approach or injure it;
and it shall be built on good ground, the right whereof shall not be
questioned or disputed at all forever.
9. We will therein also take away from the country mill both the
upper and the nether millstones, and will make cornerstones thereof
for the wall which shall be built around our mill. And the walls of
the country mill shall be pulled down and destroyed, and the dam
thereof shall be broken up and removed, so that the water may run
freely to our mill, and the place where it now stands shall know it
again no more.
10. And the things which Gouvero had said pleased me well, so
we communed together on the way whereby all these things might be
accomplished.
11. And I got the rulers of the land to appoint me to be a deputy
to meet deputies from other tribes who might choose to assemble for
the purpose of revising the great covenant, and proposing alterations
therein, and with me Thomas the Roman, James the Caledonian,
George the Climberian, and Gouvero the cunning man, all of whom
are chosen friends and managers of the mill, and Jared [Ingersoll]
also who is not of our sheepfold was appointed, but it behooved us
so to do that we might succeed the better.
12. And now behold you see how the thing hath prospered, for
most of the tribes have appointed deputies and they are shortly to
be convened together.
13. But inasmuch as we are all of us brethren of the mill, except
Jared, and lest peradventure the rumor should go abroad that we
have been chosen to represent the interest of the mill and not of
the tribe by whom we have been chosen, let us also have Benjamin of
the house of Frankland added to the number of the deputies, we
shall nevertheless have a majority in the deputies from our tribe, and
his name will give respect to our councils-for Benjamin was highly
reverenced by all the people.
14. Now they considered that Benjamin was an old man and full
of days, and that his body was feeble and bowed down with years,
and supposed that his outgoings to the meetings of the deputies
of the tribes would not be frequent, and the thing which Robert
had proposed pleased them well, and it was done as he had desired.
1. For other examples of attacks on Robert Morris and James Wilson, which
mounted after ratification, see Mfm:Pa. 387, 457, 467, 481, 487, 511, 512, 522, 538,
and 661. For the relationship of the Bank of North America to Pennsylvania
politics, see Brunhouse, Counter-Revolution, passim.
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