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thereby lose all the salutary effects and great advantages resulting naturally in our favour among foreign nations, as well as among ourselves, from our real or apparent unanimity. Much of the strength and efficiency of any government, in procuring and securing happiness to the people, depends on opinion; on the general opinion of the goodness of that government, as well as of the wisdom and integrity of its governors.
I hope, therefore, that for our own sakes, as part of the people, and for the sake of our posterity, We shall act heartily and unanimously in recommending this constitution, wherever our influence may extend, and turn our future thoughts and endeavours to the means of having it well administered.
On the whole, sir, I cannot help expressing a wish, that every member of the convention, who may still have objections, would, with me, on this occasion, doubt a little of his own infallibility, and, to make manifest our unanimity, put his name to this instrument.
[The motion was then made for adding the last formula, viz.
Done in Convention, by the unanimous consent, &c. which was agreed to, and added accordingly.]
Plan for benefiting distant unprovided countries. . .12
Concerning the provision made in China against famine 16
Positions to be examined concerning national wealth . 17
On the price of corn, and management of the poor . . 20
On the labouring poor * . CS
On luxury, idleness, and industry 31
On smuggling, and its various species 37
Observations on war . '. *2
On the impress of seamen *'*
On the criminal laws, and the practice of privateering . 48
On the slave trade * .6
Account of the highest court of judicature in Pennsyl-
Causes of the American discontents before 1768 ... 67
A Prussian edict, assuming claims over Britain ... 81
his administration 87
On sending felons to America 98
A dialogue between Great Britain, France, Spain, Hol-
of the interest and policy of that vast continent 11 &
Concerning new settlements in America 131
A comparison of the conduct of the ancient Jews and the
Antifederalists in the United States of America . 135
The retort courteous 140
Speech in the convention, on the subject of salaries . . 153
Speech in the convention, at the conclusion of its de-