The Great Infidel Takes Charge
Arriving in Philadelphia, Ethan discovered he had no time to lose. The New Hampshire delegation had already laid a remonstrance, done in pretty stiff language, before Congress, and were lobbying among members for support of their contention that the pretended state of Vermont had no business in the sovereign state of New Hampshire. The remonstrance was to come up for consideration the next day.
The Vermonter sought out the New Hampshire delegates. He asked them to withdraw their protest until the Vermont Assembly had met, a fortnight hence, when he was positive Vermont would rescind its previous action in admitting the Sixteen Towns, now become a major cause celèbre and spelled with capital letters.
The New Hampshire men must have had great faith in a man who had no official vote in Vermont's councils, and who, as would presently be clear, wasn't likely to. They complied with Ethan's request, asking that the Sixteen Towns matter be deferred.
Lobbyist Allen now proceeded to work on Congress with a finesse that showed how well he understood the niceties of