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"It will be also necessary that you (in conjunction with General Washington or such persons as may be appointed) fix on a proper device and proper inscription. I saw a design for an American half penny with a sun dial on one side, with a motto, 'mind your business," and on the other a chain with 13 links [no doubt referring to the Fugio cent]. This device is easily copied by a moderate artist; but if there was on one side the head of General Washington, or a beautiful female figure representing in proper attributes the 13 United States, it would not only be a handsomer piece of money but it would be more difficult to copy, particularly if an inscription was struck upon the edge."
"Mr. Livermore did not know what gentlemen would be at, by making such a rout about this Liberty; was it the liberty of a bear broke loose from the chain meant to express - a savage freedom, wild as that of the Indians? He was for peace and good government, and he knew of no emblem so proper to express this, as the head of the President. Mr. Niles suggested the idea of adopting emblems properly expressive of the two great interests of the United States, agriculture and commerce - a plough and a ship. Mr. Gerry was witty upon Mr. Niles, and asked whether a figure half man half fish, was his object? Mr. Mercer took notice of the irregularity used in this debate, in naming the President so often - in the British Parliament it was a rule, not to bring the King's name into any debate - he was severe on Mr. Livermore for attempting to throw any reflections on Mr. Page, who had been the first to move for the amendment in the bill, and Mr. Seney particularly noticed the impropriety of introducing gospel wit, instead of argument; he thought it very disrespectful conduct towards the whole house...he further remarked that it had been called a trivial matter, yet those who call it so, have protracted the debate for two days..."
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