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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


Page 375

1fm               (    30   )
a'ad recorded on the black lift ofSuffex, on the mi-
nutes of the alembly in 1776; and it 1777, he was
fclefted to adminifter righteus judgment to the
whigs of that county.  Another jufiicc appointed
tn this court, w2s a mUitiZ colonel, who had dravwn
all of his barallion dat he could, into the infurrec-
*on.   The oth;r two jufices, if nlot equally dif-
graced, wcre as profeffedly oppofed to indepen-
denc.  They coafidered their appoiAtment, as
icrely to 611 a gap for a leafon; and had no idea
that the new government could lcng i2nd.
The jMfticei of the peace, at, I other of.icers of
government, were appointed upon   ke principles.
Officers under the old government, any ways didli-
g-ited for revolution principles, were kft out of
all appoirtmcns.utder the new conilitutico: or if
'Scry refpckable in the eyes of the people, peThaps,
appointed to fcne inferior otqce. Thus CafLar Rod-
ny was packed into the tupreme court, between, two
torics; .ad N. V. Uyke was appcinted judge of the
admiralty. Thefe gentlemen, rccoll~eting that there
are tices when a privat- flation is the poft of Lonuor,
rcufed to (erve.  T. Rodacy, tough a magiftrate
Undcr the torner gkncramneu, was now left out of
commiffion. He was iAptai of the light-infamry
of Dover, an I thercfore - cry cboious to the repre-
kma~ativcs of his countr.
There fas are 10 .:Aoniding, as hardly to gain
credit out of the ffite.  Neverrtheles, upoa the
truth of thefe fads, thill reO the creit of this who!c
Hfilorr.  It is alff trwe, that the Luncert b-tween
DIONY'STUS and the tories ..: it.1s time, and cvar
after, renders it indifputab:: among the w-higi of
Delawar, that he was t: amer 4cd ccn'river of
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thefe rafnures: and hence we feafonabily cor,-
clude, that fromi this tirr.e forward, his objcCts wcrc
to mluintain a fair face to die continent, and the
county of Ncw-Cafc, wnd to employ the tories of
Kent :.nd Sufc.r, as the chief inftruments of Lis
power and in.luence.
It is a maxim known andeftablited in all deliberative
affemblies, never to 3ppoint or employ men, to cze-
cute what they do nut approve.   But to diabill
our independence, the Drongilan policy wa5 'o prc-
fer rern polffed of the t:mfl t'i:,er prejudices agaiift
it. Is it not :1.cn. rct re.donable concluic, that
it was hib inw'.tienr. tS put the government ar.o 1uch
handi, aw t, tu'render it convenirntly, v.ith laims
for his meritorious iervices, whneever : fuitble r.
portunity thould offer ?
Notwrithflanding the repeated deu.leation of D10-
NYSILTS, thor there uere no ics i S.J-X. Tom
Robinfon and lisz Maniove, who had xh been hisr
fait friends in th legilPatue, wure iAow deicrCJ in
a traitcrous ccrrelcj  dr'icc with the enemy.  The
latter had embezzled a large tun of paper r:ioney.
et trufted with him icr the purpofcof grnir.  And
a letter from the former, giring a :-LA exulting de-
Icripticn of the tuccefi of the Kinr;'s friends, .t the
Laccledion in StiTC., wa intCrcepeon its way to
New.YorL     A iceret umcferper was difparcded, to
feize and brig; them  df--rc the1-il.Ilture; Lut they
hadfriends who garc !hthrn moe ectret netce, and
ther vccar4 t. t. e c-::ny.  A number of
from the iamc county, _ken, in ar. it!kit  r 'r
with the encm, and czafinrd i- the ;al CA P2i:A-
IdlhA. pettionrd to bc rckc ifl , and 'v t Ue inteT-
potstioon of or leg.iature, lrrc dfcharged, bit ne-
ver punzbed.
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