The Assembly's decision crippled Hamilton's influence at the convention. Hamilton's colleagues, Robert Yates and John Lansing, did not prevent Hamilton from making his own speeches at the convention, but refused to support him in other ways. After a month of debating, Hamilton left the convention and returned to New York because he felt the delegates were not doing as much as they should to strengthen the national government. Lansing and Yates returned to New York as well, although their concern was that the representatives in Philadelphia were amending the Articles of Confederation too much rather than too little. With his two main opponents out of the way, Hamilton rushed back to Philadelphia to assist his fellow delegates. Convention rules stated that one man alone could not cast a vote for his state, but Hamilton could still push the other delegates into creating a stronger national union. In order to understand Hamilton's desire for a stronger central government, one must
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