68. Massachusetts Centinel, 1 December 1787

The RESIGNATION of the old Coppers.

Tired with the cares of empire, and sighing for solitude, I have long waited for a successour, in whom confidence might be placed.—The pretensions of my transatlantick rivals were not good—The Sons of France could not combat prejudice—the Harps of Hibernia were depreciated—Gulielmus was defaced, Georgius Tertius, and the offspring of the house of Birmingham were declared to be light and base—Equally unavailing too have been the attempts of my American competitors—the Nova-Cæsarea, the Voce Populi, the Auctori Connect. and the Vermontese(a) have arisen, lived a few days, and then expired—At length a lawful, worthy and honourable successour has arisen into life—With the appearance of rectitude, ample weight, and federal features, in recommondation, I readily yield my reign to Massasoit(b)—convinced that the world will be benefited by exchanging for a Federal Cent, A GEORGE II. Copper.

(a) The legends on several American copper coins.

(b) The supposed name of the Indian struck on our Cents, from whom it is said this State took its name.