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independence, without comprehending other English possessions. We are very far from desiring that the nascent republic should remain the exclusive mistress of all Chap. VIII.} 1778. that immense continent. Vergennes to Montmorin, 30 Oct., 1778. In the same spirit the French minister at Philadelphia zealously urged members of congress to renounce every ambition for an increase of territory. A spirit of moderation manifested itself, especially in the delegation from New York. Gouverneur Morris was inclined to relinquish to Spain the navigation of the Mississippi, Gerard to Vergennes, 20 Oct., 1778. and while he desired the acquisition of Canada and Nova Scotia asserted the necessity of a law for setting a limit to the American dominion. Our empire, said Jay, the president of congress, is already too great to be well governed, and its constitution is inconsistent with the passion for conquest. Gerard to Vergennes, 22 Dec., 1778. Not suspecting the persistent hostility
17. ferred the subject of the terms of peace to a special committee of five, composed of Gouverneur Morris, of New York; Burke, of North Carolina; Witherspoon, of New Jersey; Samuel Adams, of Massachusetts; and Smith, of Virginia. Of these, Samuel Adams demanded the most territory; while Morris would rather have had no increase than more lands at the south. On the twenty-third the committeeelaware, with the four New England states. But the state of New York, guided by Jay and Gouverneur Morris, altogether refused to insist on a right by treaty to fisheries; and Gouverneur Morris, onGouverneur Morris, on the eighth of May, calling to mind the exhausted May 8. situation of the United States, the derangement of their finances, and the defect of their resources, Secret Journals of Congress, II. 154ted themselves that the long struggle was ended in their favor; and Dickinson of Delaware, Gouverneur Morris of New York, and Marchant of Rhode Island, two of whom were of that party, were appointed
rove an obstacle to connection with Spain; and he found support in northern men. Their hatred of slavery was not an impulse of feeling, but an earnest conviction. No one could declare himself more strongly for the freedom of the negro than Gouverneur Morris of New York, a man of business and a man of pleasure. His hostility to slavery brought him into some agreement with the policy of Gerard, to whom one day in October he said that Spain would have no cause to fear the great body of the confe an article which ought never to be violated on any pretence whatever. But, beyond this, Delaware left the progress Chap. XVII.} 1779. of emancipation to the good — will of the slave-holders. In the constituent convention of New York, Gouverneur Morris struggled hard for measures tending to abolish domestic slavery, so that in future ages every human being, who breathed the air of the state, might enjoy the privileges of a freeman. The proposition, though strongly supported, especially b