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Shortcomings of the Current System of Government

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Source Name Image(s)
CollectionSouth Caroliniana Collection: Robert Goodloe Harper view image
MicrofilmMassachusetts Historical Society: Benjamin Lincoln Papers (no image)
Document Information
Date December 4, 1786
Author Name Benjamin Lincoln (primary) Location: Hingham
Recipient Name George Washington (primary)
Summary Lincoln appears to be commenting on the weaknesses of the central government of the Confederation. Those whose interests are undercut by the current system, namely creditors and holders of securities, will probably support strengthening the government with a revised constitution.
Document Format Draft Fragment
Document Notes Abominable handwriting made all the more frustrating because this appears to be a very important letter. ditto, this is awful.
Content Notes [not available]
Related Persons/Groups George Washington; Benjamin Lincoln; delegates; settlers; Mr. Russell; Mr. Lowell; First Division of Militia; debtor; men of property; holders of public securities; ;
Related Places Hingham; Massachusetts; saw mills; township; waters; ;
Keywords private business; good country; saw mills; applications for lots; two townships; settlement; navigable waters; 50,000 acres; isolation; public life; pattern of government; time of the war; public and private debts; standard income; applications to the general court; laws; credit; agrarian law; dignity of government supported without blood; present constitution; federal government; ;
Key Phrases What is the course of all these commotions?

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