I congratulate you most sincerely, upon the Establishment of American Liberty & Independence. Happiness & Prosperity are now within our Reach; but to attain & preserve them must depend upon our own Wisdom & Virtue. I hope the Assembly will revise several of our Laws, and abolish all such of them as are contrary to the fundamental Principles of Justice. This, & a strict adherence to the Distinctions between Right & Wrong for the future, is absolutely necessary, to restore that Confidence & Reverence in the People for the Legislature; which a contrary Conduct has so greatly impaired; and without which, their Laws must ever remain little better than a dead-Letter.
Frequent Interferance with private Property & Contracts,1
retrospective Laws destructive of all public Faith, as well as Confidence between Man & Man, and flagrant Violations of the Constitution must disgust the best & wisest Part of the Community, occasion a general Depravity of Manners, bring the Legislature into Contempt, and finally produce Anarchy & public Convulsion. I write to you with the Freedom & Sincerity of a Friend, knowing that you destest such Measures as much as I do. They drove me out of the Assembly, with a thorough Conviction that it was not in my Power to do any Manner of Good. The Love of my Country is not extinguished by it; and if I recover tollerable Health, and have just Cause to think I can do any essential Public Service I shall return again into the Legislature.