to the army, in which Washington
had procured him
CHAP. Lxviii} 1776.
the high office of adjutant-general.
On the eighteenth Thomas Mackean
was chosen president of the conference.
On the nineteenth, one hundred and four members being present, the resolution of congress of the fifteenth of May was read twice, and after mature consideration was unanimously approved; the present government of the colony was condemned as incompetent; and a new one was ordered to be formed on the authority of the people only.
Every other colony had shunned the mixture of questions of internal reform with the question of the relation to Great Britain
; but here, a petition was read from Germans, praying that all associators who were taxable might vote.
In the old election to the assembly the possession of fifty pounds proclamation money was required as the qualification of a voter, both in the city under its charter and in the counties; and the foreign born must further have been naturalized under alaw which required an oath of allegiance to the British
king: the conference revived the simple provision of ‘the Great Law’ of December 1682, and endowed every taxpayer with the right to vote for members of the constituent convention.
So neither poverty nor place of birth any more disabled freemen; in Pennsylvania
liberty claimed for the builders of her house the rich and the poor, the German, the Scot, the Englishman, the Irishman, as well as the native.
Thus the Germans were incorporated into the people, and made one with them; the emigrants who spoke the language of Lessing and Kant
, became equal members of the new city of humanity.