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MERITS OF THE ARTICLES OF CONFEDERATION Fine content A.L.S., 1p. 9" x 13 1/2", Danvers, Ma., June 20, 1785 in which "B. Wadsworth" (likely Rev. Benjamin Wadsworth) writes to Samuel Holten, also of Danvers, a signer of the Articles of Confederation and a Continental Congressman. In small part: "...Grateful sentiments for your Honor's kind & obliging information...inclosing ordinances for ascertaining the mode of disposing of lands in the western territory. The resolutions of Congress...reflect high honor on that august & venerable body. The suppression of the impost gives me pain. What a flagrant proof is it of the want of greater delegated powers lodged in your grand council. Never shall we have an effectual remedy against such evils till Congress have more extensive authority. And it is surprising that such an enlightened people fear to invest them with it, when the grand confederation makes such provision against the abuse of it, by renewing the election of its members, and reserving the right in the people of recalling them at pleasure...For want of an increase in delegated authority, matters may become so circumstanced, that the public may become greatly injured...how unreasonable that a handful only...should have it in their power to prevent measures productive of general utility..." He then mentions church goings-on, adding: "...a number of Soldiers final settlement notes have fallen into my hands. The multitude of counterfeits in circulation render all suspicious of them..." . Very good.
Estimate $ 600-800

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