Biography of the Signers to the Declaration of Independence Volume 5

Biography of the Signers to the Declaration of Independence Volume 5

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1824 edition. Excerpt: ...of Robert Morris, in the victory of Trenton; and it may be truly remarked, that although his own brows were unadorned with the laurels of the warrior, it was his hand which crowned the heroes who triumphed on that day. On the tenth of March, 1777, he was, a third time, appointed, by the assembly of Pennsylvania, to represent that state in congress, in conjunction with Benjamin Franklin, George Clymer, James Wilson, Daniel Roberdeau, and Jonathan B. Smith. During this year, the " secret committee" was dissolved, and succeeded in all its powers by the committee of commerce," of which Mr. Morris was a prominent member. On the twenty-eighth of November, he was selected, together with Mr. Gerry and Mr. Jones, to repair to the army, and in a private confidential consultation with the commanderin-chief, to consider the best and most practicable means for conducting a winter campaign with vigour and success; and, with the concurrence of General Washington, to direct every measure which circumstances might require for the promotion of the public service. He was frequently and actively engaged in managing the fiscal concerns of congress, a duty for which his capacity for business, and intimate knowledge of pecuniary transactions, rendered him peculiarly competent. On the twenty-seventh of August, 1778, he was appointed a member of the standing committee of finance. Besides the enthusiastic zeal which he manifested in the cause of his country, and the financial talents which he possessed, his commercial credit probably ranked higher than that of any other man in the community; and this credit he unhesitatingly devoted to the public service, whenever necessity required such an evidence of his patrotism and disinterestedness. These occasions...show more

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  • Paperback | 78 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 154g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236644999
  • 9781236644992