NEW ENGLAND GAZETTEER.
important manufactories and consid-
erable trade. Although the terri-
tory of this city is quite small, its
peculiarly favorable location, and
the enterprise of its people, warrant
it a great degree of prosperity.
The people of the territory now called the state of Vermont, having
beep connected with New York, and having experienced great dissatis-
faction with their connexion with that state, assembled in convention and
on the 15th of January, 1777, declared themselves independent, and or-
ganized a government for themselves.
The hardy mountaineers, who had become impatient under their con-
nexion with and dependence on the great state of New York, in pursu-
ance of their own peculiar views of the rights and duties of a free and
independent people, adopted many singular and peculiar provisions in their
constitution. Some of -them are herein stated.
Their government consists of three parts; the legislative, the execu-
tive, and the judicial.
The Supreme Legislature consists of a Senate and House of Represen-
tatives, chosen annually by the freemen of the state, on the first Tues-
day of September. The Senate consists of 30 members; each county
being entitled to at least one, and the remainder to be apportioned accord-
ing to population. The House of Representatives is composed of
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