761. Silas Lee to George Thatcher
Biddeford, 22 February 1788 (excerpt)1

… I have ever wondered that there should not happen to be some few, one or two at least, men of abilities among the Anti federal—but I have been much more astonished at the opposition that was made against the Combined force of the whole body of the literati in the State—which opposition, I fancy, will operate exceedingly in favour of the Constitution, when connected with the Conduct of the opposers after the descision, as undoubtedly it will—Many who were opposed before, now say it has had a fair examination (whether true or not, I will not pretend to say) & been carried by a Majority, by whom they are ever willing to be governed.—

You enquire about Seperation—very little is said—the business of the late Convention has engrossed the whole attention of every partisan in politicks.—

Hampshire Convention is now Sitting the friends to the Constitution are very anxious—the Majority at present being against it—Some say it will go down, others that it will not—A Col Peabody is said to be busy against it—and a Lawyer from number four, whose I could not learn—

Yours My Dr Uncle

1. Printed: Goodwin, “Thatcher Papers,” 340.