Article 6, Clause 3
Benjamin Rush to Edward Hand10 Nov. 1784Letters 1:340
The fragments of the Republican party met at the city tavern after their defeat, and agreed to recommend it to their friends throughout the state to set on foot petitions indirectly among the nonjurors for a revision of the test law. The Republicans must appear in this maneuver as little as possible. It is most probable the petitions will have no effect upon the present Assembly. But their refusal will serve to show their inconsistency, to rouse and irritate the sons and friends of the nonjurors, and above all to fix the dye of their infamy in such a manner that neither time nor repentance will ever be able to wipe it away.
Letters of Benjamin Rush. Edited by L. H. Butterfield. 2 vols. Memoirs of the American Philosophical Society, vol. 30, parts 1 and 2. Princeton: Princeton University Press, for the American Philosophical Society, 1951.
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