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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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C)  " that the previous ricMt and difiurbarces were a
c     tSO aM reafonable apologty, ar the meafures taken at
he late Sufez el6aion ;*&at the penple had a riht
to saf fble a3 they did, in defence of their rights and
privileges; nor did the elelion laws forbid whole a-
mie from affembling, in milUtary array, if they only
kept a mile off from the place of eledion; that the
Mndlcreet exprefions of individuals, a few clubs,.pif-
Stosand [iords, and even boxing and fighting abou t
indifLrent Matten, were no impediments to the frcc-
dom of voting; that all prefent might have voted
if they plealed, and all who flayed away, might hAve
cnme if they would. Finally with an air of tri-
umph it was declared, that the elcelors, on this oc-
eatior had behaved like genuine fons of Delaware.
Tha queffion being-put, itW2s refolved, that the
feveral perfons mentioned in the theriff's return,
were duly etcQd.   It deferves to be noted, that
a member from each of the counties of Kent and
New-r'a(ale were abfent, that another member from
New-Caftle declincd to vote, becaule he had not
been prdent at the examination of the witneles,
that the [peaker's vote was not required; and that
therefore, this important queftion was determined
by the voice. of ten men orly, 4 againfit 6 for
eflablithing the cledion.
The council for the petitioners did not think it
neccffry to give hinfelf any troubic in advocating
their
* There ii a euriiou ancednre f one of our rprefrenatives. Be'ng
led if the clet no bad been caused in New-Caftle as it was in SuITte,
whether he Choughs it would Ioe legal and ought tol e ria)1.(hed' le
safwered, that mir Nw-Caftfc h  ought to bett afide, bus clAblihcd
ke Sa& x.
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79)
their esdue, before the legiflative council. IV was
agreed, that the depofitions taken before the hr e of
:ff:mbly, thould ferve as evidence befas the coun.
cil. Thfe'were read and the petitions difmiiffed.
The reader tr2y here i lulge his own refledions,
in comparing the judgment on the prefent eledion,
with that on the laft, or any former occalion, when
the tories were petitioncrs We ihall procced in uur
zarative. No fooner wa* the detion eflablithed,
than the moft c6rdial and inviolable cormeton
took. place, between the IONYSIANS of New-
Caffle, and the tories of Sulsex. The cordiality
indeeJ wa..eftabifted before, the treaty was now
only. to be definitivel' reifie. On al impo:rtant
quitiohs, cfpecial thofe which were intended to
influence the policy of the ftate, they uniformry
oted cpgether. The patriots of Kent were left to
wrap, theyfelves iq their virtue; and in return for
their multiplied mortifications, to derive confolation
from die approbatioh they might receive from di.
flat fates, or the honors paid to their recorded'
naitnes, at remote periods of time. The DIONY.
SIAN pcwer was now paramount in both branches
of the legiflature; and the leader of the fadion
feemed dzermined,to cxcrcife it ina very exemplary
manner.
The firfl inflance h- gavc, was in cutting out for
himfelf a lucrative jobb. Repeated eTorts had
been made for revifir.g and reprinting the laws nf
the aate. DIONY6     IS being one of the thrce
appointed to carry th.. v.ork into execution, con-
flantly fruffrated and hindered the defign, according
to his own account, bccaufe he would not depent
upon a difcretionary reward, after the work was
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