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

Rodney, Thomas, 1744-1811
Thomas Rodney to Alexander Hamilton, Poplar Grove, 10 February 1791,   pp. 415-420


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become the only principle of Union it is plain that the Same
reason induces me to be a firm friend to it. And Certainly
every friend to the Liberty and Independance of America
ought to consider the Subject in this point of view. The
Opinions and information of the Several States would
Certainly be of great use to the general government if
Communicated in a proper Manner as advisce or Counsel but
May have a very different Effect if Couched in Terms of
Censure. The legislature of Pensylvania for Instance Might
have Advised Congress in the Most friendly Manner that they
considered the Excise Law as prejudicial to the Liberties of
the people & desiring them if posible to prefer some other
subject of revenue that would answer their purpose less
adverse to the private liberty and rights of Individuals
and without pointing out what other Subject the legislature
of that State prefered to the Excise--Such Counsel as this
Would not be Adverse to, but useful to the general government
--There is no Law more adverse to the rights & liberty of a
free people than excise Laws for however gentle they be in
their Commencement it will be found that they Cannot be
Executed without a great number of petty officers, and those
Officers vested with powers greatly adverse to the Liberty
and private rights of Individuals    I therefore as an
Individual would prefer a Land Tax or poll Tax far before an


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