Elbridge Gerry: Second Reply to “A Landholder”

(1788)

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Glossary

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  • calumny defamation, a false accusation
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  • Luther Martin one of the delegates to the Constitutional Convention who refused to sign the new Constitution (1748–1826)
  • magnanimity generosity of spirit
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