755. Newport Herald, 21 February 17881

Who can help admiring, says a Correspondent, the character of His Excellency JOHN HANCOCK, Esq. Governor of the State of Massachusetts—a Gentleman who, in the first of our struggles with Great-Britain, nobly stepped forth with others of his brave countrymen, in the cause of American Liberty, and with an intrepid hand signed the Declaration of Independence. We saw him presiding with dignity when President of Congress—From thence we view him placed in the Chair of Government by the suffrages of a free people, giving sanction to laws calculated to promote the peace and happiness of the State over which he governs.—But another sphere of action remained for his character to shine with distinguished lustre—After a long confinement his Excellency, desirous of bearing a part with the Sons of Federalism, assumed his seat as President of the Convention when sitting at Boston.

Our Correspondent remarks with pleasure, that his Excellency was decidedly in favor of a Constitution well adapted to introduce harmony among the people of these United States, and will secure to them that liberty for which many of America’s gallant sons have fought and died. Can the people of Massachusetts too highly prize so great, so good a character? Shall not the federal heart experience the most pleasing emotions, and venerate this friend to the Constitution.—Long may he live, and continue to be an inestimable blessing to the State over which he presides—May the Genius of America guard his every hour, and protract his life which delights in relieving the wants of humanity, and which is devoted to the service of his country.

1. Reprinted: Massachusetts Gazette, 26 February; Exeter, N.H., Freeman’s Oracle, 7 March; Albany Gazette, 13 March (1st paragraph only).