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Ratification of the Constitution by the states: Delaware. Microform supplement
[3A] ([1978])

Tilton, James, 1745-1822
Timoleon, biographical history of Dionysius, 1788,   pp. 358-410


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tive is fight in the balance: a circumflance of which
DIONYS!US did not fail to take the carlieft advan-
tage. Notwithftanding DIONYSIUS fubmitted to
the new conflitution, as a meafure of courfe, that
could be no longer. avoided, it will appear, that he
ardently fought to maintain his power paramount in
the flate, for the purpofe of returning to his favorite
dependence on Great-B&itain, and proprietary domi-
nation, if ever pradicable, or otherwife to make the
beft ot the new conflituaion.
Although in forming the new conflitution, and
fundry other tranfaaiouis relative to the continent,
this convention adcd wInh a rpecious lhew of regard
to the authority of congrefs; yet before they rofe,
by an affTunied authority, they reflored to the Suflex
infurgents their arms, and even their refpedtive com-
mands in the militia  and it was not long after-
wards, before feveral of the Suffex deputies, who
had ferved in convention, took up their reidcnce
with the enemy.
The firft elediort for reprefentatives, agreeably to
the new confliturion, was held in Oaober follow-
ing. This was a mofR important eleiqion, as all the
offices of government were to be filled up by thofe
ele~ted. On the day cf elemion. the tories of Suf.
fex affembled in'a tumultuous manner at Lewes, cut
down the liberty.po!e, Let it up at vendue, and cal-
led upon the whigs to bid for their wooden god. To
complete the farce, they fold the flag to a foreigner,
for thirteen pence. Builies with clubs, were placed
at the court houfc door, and the eleaors, as they
entered to vote, were queftioned wbetber ioy were
pr the King, or not? Thnfe who anfwered in the
affirmative, were permitted to vote; but if in the
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negative, thcy were driven away. The whigs Pe.
rioned the general affembly, that the elecion might
be fet afide, as urfair and illcgal. But DIONYSIUS
on this occafion, fer up this do6lrine- That thofe,
who had been reilrained by violence, from voting,
ought to feek redrefs, as in other cafes of civil injury,
by an adion at law for damages; and the clcaion
was cftablifhqd.
With redoubled diligence in deceiving and cor.
rmpting the people, the tories carried their ledion in
Kent alfo; and DIONYSIUS was not without his
friends, even in New-Caflc. He himfelf was eledcd
into the legillative council. He was now abfolute,
with di6tatorial powers: and from the manner in
which he filled up the government, we may judge
perfe6tly of the man.
Probably to gain time, malc fome arrangements.
and have further communication on the fubje&, the
buiinefs of filling up the new government, was put
off from the Odober feflions, until the next meeting
of the lcgflature, and the government tranfa&ed in
the mean time, by the counc.l nf fafety.
In February, 1777, the iolicitous curicdty of
every whig was gratified, in his complete mortifica-
tion. The firft officer appointed, was the prcfident
of the fte. Our noted prefidcnt, who firft filled
the chair of officc had behaved well enrough in the
beginning of our troubles. Being a weak and vain
man, he had perfordfed the parade of a militia ofli-
cer, with apparent zeal. But, as fome fuppofed,
from a little cultivation of his vanity; or, as others
alledged, from a timidity with refpedL to his great
ftate, he was at this time confidcred as a mere patch
upon the back of DIONYSIUS. Although this man
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