90. Massachusetts Gazette, 21 December 1787


The infatuated and unintelligible author of the pieces signed Agrippa, says a correspondent, being on his return home, from this town, was so lost in contemplation, and so puzzled in devising what arguments he should make use of in his succeeding productions, that he actually went out of his way, and arrived in the town of Medford, before he was sensible of his mistake, when, on a sudden casting his eyes about, he perceived he was nearly opposite the house of the honourable general Brooks. Startled at the sight of a dwelling, where patriotism and worth resided, he instantly turned his horse, and set out upon a full gallop, and in that haste continued till he got home, imagining, all the while, that the genius of freedom was close at his heels with a HALTER. He arrived at his house, and entered the door all aghast and trembling, and it then being just dusk, he immediately hurried to bed in great agony of mind, and double-locked the door of his chamber. Further par[t]iculars of this affair have not yet come to our correspondent’s knowledge.