unanimously asserting its legislative rights1
and appointing an intercolonial committee of correspondence.3
The New Year brought a dissolution4
of its Assembly; and in the new elections, the Government
party employed every art to create confusion.
It excused the violence of recent disputes; concealing the ex tremes of difference between the British Parliament and the American
It sought to gratify the cravings of every interest.
It evaded conflicts with the merchants, and connived at importations from Saint Eustatia and Holland
The family of the Delanceys, which had long seemingly led the Opposition in the Province, was secretly won over to the side of authority.
One of the Livingstons could no longer sit in the Assembly, for a law made the office of Judge and Representative incompatible; another who was to be returned from the Manor, was held to be ineligible because he resided in the city.
The men of business desired an increase of the paper currency, and the Government
gave support to the measure.
The tenantry wished to vote not by word of mouth on the nomination of their landlords, but as in New England
, and the royalists professed to favor the introduction of the ballot.
Above all; in New-York
the old cry of ‘No Presbyterian,’ gave place to that of ‘No Lawyer.’5
Add to this, that all parties still hoped