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forward, and in au assemoiy so narmonious in their views as the first Congress, the characteristics peculiar to each member were not easily to be gathered from his votes.

It has happened, in respect to a few of those illustrious men, that retiring when their noble task was performed, into the shade of private life, they soon became overlooked and forgotten by their compeers, ,

THOMAS STONE.

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The patriots of the revolution, notwithstanding the greatness of their deeds, were, in general, men of exceeding modesty. Among those whose names are secured an immortal recollection, by being affixed to the great charter of our liberties, several are now distinguishable from their colleagues by little that is individual and peculiar, either in character or conduct.

Drawn forth from the privacy of domestic life by the same public emergency, and moving with a unanimity that prevented any one from standing out conspicuously from the rest, the diversity of individual character was but faintly discernible. There could scarcely be

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leaders where all were equally ready to go forward; and in an assembly so harmonious in their views as the first Congress, the characteristics peculiar to each member were not easily to be gathered from his votes.

It has happened, in respect to a few of those illustrious men, that retiring when their noble task was performed, into the shade of private life, they soon became overlooked and forgotten by their compeers,

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