claim of Virginia
barred against him the doors
of congress, but the affection of the West
flowed in a full current towards the Union
The ‘inexpressibly distressing’ situation of Washington
demanded instant and earnest attention; but the bias of the continental congress was to inactivity.
The intercepted letters of John Adams
, in which he had freely unbosomed his complaints of its tardiness, and had justly thrown blame on ‘the piddling genius,’ as he phrased it, of Dickinson
, were approved by many; but Dickinson
himself was unforgiving; wounded in his self-love and vexed by the ridicule thrown on his system, from this time he resisted independence with a morbid fixedness.
He brushed past John Adams
in the street without returning his salutation; and the New England
statesman encountered also the hostility of the proprietary party and of social opinion in Philadelphia
, and the distrust even of some of the delegates from the South
At times, an ‘unhappy jealousy of New England
’ broke forth; but when a member insinuated distrust of its people, ‘as artful and designing men, altogether pursuing selfish purposes,’ Gadsden
, of South Carolina
, said in their defence: ‘I only wish we would imitate, instead of abusing, them.
I thank God we have such a systematic body of men, as an asylum that honest men may resort to in the time of their last distress, if driven out of their own states; so far from being under any apprehensions, I bless God there is such a people in America
Harmony was maintained only by acquiescence in the policy of Dickinson
, Lewis Morris
of New York and James Wilson