The History of New York State
Editor, Dr. James Sullivan
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#1 "Comparative Administrative Law," by Frank J. Goodnow, I, 168.
#2 "To New York first, and next to Pennsylvania, belongs the honor of predetermining the character of local government in the West. But if New York was the first to return to the ancient practice of township representation in the country court, it was in Pennsylvania that the capabilities of the independent county was first tested. New York is the parent of the supervisor system."--Prof. Howard's "Local Constitutional History of the United States," I, 387.
#3 "This assembly being intrusted by the People of this plantation with that care of their liberties and properties, and sensible of their own weakness, lest through ignorance and inadvertency they should consent to anything hurtful to themselves or their posterity (in all things admitting of doubts) are willing to save their rights, and those rights they mean to be that natural and civil liberty, so often claimed, declared, and confirmed by the English laws, and which they conceive every free Englishmen is entitled to whatsoever else may admit of controversy, the people of this colony think they have an undoubted true and entire properly in their goods and estates, of which they ought not to be divested but by their free consent, in said manner and to such ends and purposes as they shall think fit, and not otherwise."--Communication of New York Assembly to New York Council, November 167, 1711.
#4 "Memorial History of City of New York," II, 383.
#5 Adams, of course, was not the first to suggest opposition by committees of correspondence. New York took the initiative eight years earlier, at the time of the Stamp Act trouble. But, having served the need of that time, the committees became dormant until stirred into reorganization by Adams and Massachusetts.
#6 Orange and Queens counties, which had been unrepresented in the Second Provincial Congress, now had ten and nine members respectively. Kings county, which had only been partially represented, now had eight member and Richmond had five. Most of the other counties had elected more representatives than to the Second Congress.
#7 Roland Greene Usher, in "the Rise of the American People," p., 71
#8 Most of the signatures, it seems, were appended on August 2nd, and some as late as November. John Jay did not sign at all.
#9 The quotation is taken by Usher from the parchment engrossed copy in the Department of State, at Washington. The word "United" in the last clause is omitted in several of the manuscript copies.
The History of New York State, Lewis Historical Publishing Company, Inc., 1927
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