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James wilson


A great time to bring up the neglected James Wilson. Wilson, like Hamilton, was an adult immigrant to America, arriving only a decade before the revolution.
His fervor and skills were so great he still became one of the prime creators of the new country. He was closely accociated with Dickenson pre revolution and with Madison during the creation period.
He signed the Declaration and the Constitution and was an original member of the Supreme Court. He successfully defended the Philidelphia Tories in the face of what started out as a lynch mob. He litigated Olmstead, the first Admiralty case in U.S. History of any consequence.
A towering intellect.

On Sat Apr 22, Chrístõ wrote
>Alan Yuhas writes: When in the course of human events it becomes necessary to visit a tiny records office in southern England because it claims to have a copy of the Declaration of Independence, a decent respect for history requires investigation.
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>On Friday two Harvard University researchers announced they had found a parchment copy of the declaration, only the second parchment manuscript copy known to exist besides the one kept in the National Archives in Washington DC. Professor Danielle Allen and researcher Emily Sneff presented their findings on the document, known as “The Sussex Declaration”, at a conference at Yale on Friday, and published initial research online:

> . .  Somehow the manuscript landed in Britain, possibly in the possession of the dukes of Richmond. Sneff said she is hoping to gain access to the papers of the dukes to trace the declaration’s history, possibly as far back as Charles Lennox, a contemporary of George III who was called “the radical duke” because he supported American colonists in their rebellion against the king and parliament.

>“It would be nice to associate this document with the radical duke,” Sneff said.


>It is, I imagine, worth a lot of money so there will now be an interesting, perhaps fierce, tussle to decide to whom it belongs.

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