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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.
16. And I gat me up and called upon Gouvero, saying, arouse from
thy slumbers, 0 thou who art cunning to devise, for danger lieth in
wait for us.
17. So he arose and gat himself up, and I opened to him all my
fears and showed him that after the workmanship of the mill, which
had then been begun to be rebuilt was finished, there was danger lest
the people should a second time destroy the mill, and take away all
the customers thereof to the country mill, for I saw that they could
not both stand together.
18. And Gouvero said, fear not these things, neither be dismayed,
I also have thought upon these evils and have found a remedy therefor.
19. Then said I, blessed art thou amongst men, 0 Gouverol for thy
stratagems are wise, thy councils are deep, and thy cunning exceedeth
all things!
CHAPTER XV: 1. And Gouvero furthermore added and said,
2. Thou knowest the state of our nation and of our country, that
ofttimes when the people from the country round about had brought
their corn to our mill, so that it was collected in large granaries, and
when the people of other nations who wanted of this corn and came
hither from the four winds under heaven, riding upon the waters of
the great deep, in ships laden with gaw-gaws, and chains, and brace-
lets, and rings, and jewels, and mantles, and mantlets, and wimples,
and crisping pins, and cauls, and round buttons like the moon, and
mufflers, and ornaments for show and not for use, and headbands and
tablets, and bonnets, and all manner of gauzes, silks, embroidery, and
gay apparel, thou knowest, I say, that the corn thus gathered together
was taken from our mill and exchanged with the foreign merchant-
men for these things, so that there hath been a great dearth of corn
in our land.
3. Thou also knowest that many whose hearts went out after these
things, and were set upon gay attire and apparel, and neglected to
perform those things which afore time they had been exercised in,
and whereby they had earned unto themselves and to their families corn
in moderate competency, straightway betook themselves to our mill,
where they gat them corn upon the promise of themselves and their
friends, that it should be iestored to us with usury, by the space of
thirty days, at the end of which period they could again draw corn,
and with a part thereof repay what they had before received, and so
on with facility continuing after the same manner, until corn became
so plenty in their houses, that they forgat they had but little at the
first. And they also forgat the rock from whence it had been hewn-
so they said everyman to his fellow: "lo, I am rich and increased in
goods, give me thy note, and I will also give thee mine, whereby we
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