George Bancroft Anecdote

George Bancroft

1882

When, on the seventeenth, Gouverneur Morris proposed a reconsideration of the resolution of the former day, no one would second his motion.

A few days later [July 23] the number of senators for each state was fixed at two, and each of these, as had been propose by Gerry and seconded by Sherman, was personally to have one vote.

From the day when every doubt of the right of the smaller states to an equal vote in the senate was quieted, they–so I received it form the lips of Madison, and so it appears from the records–exceeded all others in zeal for granting powers to the general government . Ellsworth became one of its strongest pillars. Paterson of New Jersey was for the rest of his life a federalist of federalists.

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