765. A Mechanick
Massachusetts Centinel, 23 February 1788

Mr. RUSSELL, The union and harmony which were discovered in the business of electing our delegates for the Convention, gave the highest pleasure and satisfaction to every real friend to the town.

The happy effect of this coalition of the several trades of this metropolis, we have seen in the decision of the great question upon the Constitution—for without vanity, we may assert, that our unanimity, as a town, contributed not a little to throw a weight of character, abilities and influence, into the federal scale, that afforded the fairest prospect of that success, which we realize as the result of our union and exertions.

To increase and perpetuate THIS UNION, must be an object near the heart of every good man.—The interest of the respective branches is ONE—and in all elections of officers for the Continent, the Commonwealth, or the Town, it must appear evidently, that by uniting their suffrages, they will most effectually promote their own advantage, and that of their country.

There is a great variety of objects, the obtaining which depend upon this union, and mutual good understanding, which will occur to every mind, and need not therefore be particularly pointed out.

To accomplish then this most desirable event, is now the inquiry—how shall it be done?—I beg leave to suggest to the several mechanical branches, a plan that appears to me the most exactly calculated to answer the purpose,—viz. To erect a capacious and commodious building, to be called

The MECHANICK’s HALL,

to be appropriated to their publick and private meetings; where all the branches may be accommodated—where the sentiments of harmony and good understanding may be cultivated;—where they may consult upon the concerns of the publick at large, the town in particular, and the interests of their particular professions;—where schemes of charity and benevolence may be devised;—where they may consult the welfare of the present and future generations, by forming plans of education;—and where, in short, the interest of their families, their neighbours, the town and community at large, may be attended to and promoted.

Such a building may perhaps be constructed upon a plan that would not be burthensome or expensive—it might be adopted for various purposes, and produce an income adequate to the interest of the first cost—and if placed in an eligible situation, it would be an ornament to the town.

It may be objected that we have already a publick Hall, appropriated to the use of the inhabitants—to this the reply is obvious, FANEUIL-HALL, (blessings on the memory of the donor) is for the publick use and service of the citizens at large—and not to be occupied by any particular denomination, by night or by day, as their business may require.—The truth is, we are destitute of any convenience of the nature here intended, and hence our caucusses in times past, have been held in publick houses, schools, &c. in a secret, clandestine manner, and the various branches have very seldom acted in concert, but when the designs of the several parties have come to light, they have commonly been found to clash.

I would not presume to dictate upon a business of this importance, and would therefore only suggest the propriety of some worthy characters in the mechanical line, taking the lead in the matter—and if the very respectable Committee of the Tradesmen, who planned the late GRAND PROCESSION would call a meeting of the Mechanicks as soon as may be, to consult upon the business, there is no doubt but they would pay the readiest attention, and the plan once begun would soon be accomplished.