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Page xii NJAWilliam A. , Archives of the State of New Jersey, first Series: Documents Relating to the Colonial History of the State of New Jersey. 41 vols. J. Prov. Cong. VotesExtracts from theJournal ofProceedings of the Provincial Congress of New Jersey, Held at Trenton the Months of May, June, and August 1775. Burlington, 1775. Journal of the Votes and Proceedings of the Provincial Congress of New Jersey, Held at Trenton in the Month of October 1775. Burlington, 1775. Journal of the Votes and Proceedings, as Well of the Committee of Safety, of a Sitting in January, 1776, as the Provincial Congress of New-Jersey, at a Sitting in New Brunswick, Begun January 31, and Continued to the Second Day of March Following.

Landholders would govern. The independence of the virtuous gentleman landholder would preserve the constitution. Triennial elections would ensure more direct contact between representative and constituent. Place acts would restrain the corruption of patronage. Honest, noncoercive elections, the secret ballot, and the elimination of pocket and rotten boroughs would guarantee direct, actual representation. 21 Americans in the middle colonies agreed with many, though not all, of these reforms. Some were instituted in the early period of colonial founding, some were sought over the course of the eighteenth century and occasionally achieved, and others, particularly antiparty implications of the term Country, were ignored in some colonies.

Sheridan, Lewis Morris, 16711746: A Study in Early American Politics (Syracuse, 1981), 121, 158, 185; and John M. Murrin, "The Great Inversion, or Court Versus Country: A Comparison of the Revolutionary Settlements in England (16881721) and America (17761816)," in Three British Revolutions, 1641, 1688, 1776, ed. J. G. A. Pocock (Princeton, 1980), 38485. 23. Jack P. , 1986), ix. Ronald P. Formisano, The Transformation of Political Culture: Massachusetts Politics, 1790s1840s (New York, 1983), 57, 14954, applies "center" and "periphery" to state politics in the early national period.

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