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7) to every attempt to procure a remedy by new grants of power to Congs. I had founnd moreover that that despair of success hung over the compromising provision plan of April 1783 for the public necessities in the plan recommended by Congs in apl. 1783 which had been so been so carefully elaborated, elaborately planned, and so impressively recommended to the adoption of the States. Sympathizing, under thise aspect of affairs, with in the alarm of the friends of free Govt, at the threatened danger of an abortive result to the great & perhaps last experiment in its favour, I felt could not be insensible to the obligation to co-operate as far as I could in averting the calamity. With this view I acceded to the desire of my fellow Citizens of the County that I should be one of its representatives in the Legislature, hoping that I might there best contribute to inculcate the critical posture to which the Country and the Revolutionary cause was reduced, and the merit of a leading agency of the State in bringing about a rescue of the Union and the cause blessings of liberty a staked on it, from an impending catastrophe.
     The required but little time after taking my seat in the House of Delegates in May 1784. to discover that it re- however favorable it the general [?] disposition of the State might be towards to the confederacy the Legislature [re]tained the aversion of its predecessors to transfers of power from the State to the Govt. of the Union; notwithstanding the urgent demands of the Federal Treasury; the glaring inadequacy of the authorized mode of supplying it, the rapid growth of anarchy in the Fedl. System, and the animosity kindled among its members the States by their conflicting regulations.
     The failure however of the varied propositions in the [?] Legislature
     The temper of the Legislature & the wayward course of its proceedings may be gathered from the Journals Journals of its Sessions in the years 1784 & 1785.
     The failure however of the varied propositions in the Legislature, for enlarging the powers of Congress, the continued failure of the efforts of Congs to obtain see address of Congress from them