The council meets once a week for the transaction of the business of government.
Such a transaction might be of two kinds.
Here he remained for three years - "most assiduous in his attention to business," said one of the partners, "and showing great ability in the transaction of it."
Later it was found that an assembly so constituted combined the incompatible functions of a council for the transaction of business and a congress for shaping or expressing common opinion: and its constitution was modified so as to secure the latter object only.
This transaction has given rise to much discussion as to its trustworthiness and the extent of its operation.