670. James Freeman to Constant Freeman
Boston, 7 February 1788 (excerpt)1

… All the Congregational ministers in Boston have on this occasion treated me with great friendship. I have received numerous congratulations from men of the first abilities in the state. Judge Cushing in particular has publickly declared from the bench that such an ordination as mine is valid and constitutional. And what is of more importance, the Convention of Massachusetts who have assembled for the purpose of ratifying the constitution proposed by the federal Convention, have acknowledged me to be an ordained minister, by inviting me to officiate in my turn as their chaplain, with the other ministers of Boston. …

1. RC, Freeman Papers, Houghton Library, Harvard University.