787. Christopher Gore to Rufus King
Boston, 2 March 17881

your favor by last night’s post duly arriv’d, and Doctr Adams’ letter, which to say the least is a great quieter, will be published in the paper of tomorrow—Lane will leave a power with Lowell to dispose of his Cambridge estate—on this subject, my earnest wish is, that you think agree—pray meet him with a line from NYork, at NewLondon—Govr. Cushing is dead—the interests of our country will be advanc’d by Lincoln’s supplying his station—our town will be unanimus for him—Adams Warren, & many more will be candidates—Goreham has interest, but cannot succeed efficiently with the General Court—his offering himself, for a candidate, may disturb the tranquility of the Comonwlth, but cannot secure him the place—A large meeting, of antifederalists, was held last week, at Dudley, in Worcester county, & resolvd to send messengers into every town in the counties of Worcester, Berkshire, Hampshire and Bristol & middlesex, pointing the inhabitants of these places to Gerry & Warren for Govr & Lt Govr. they will be unremitted, & will prevail—unless the friend of Govermnent are equally warm, attentive & united—if Goreham pursues this object, the emoluments of wh. will now be diminish’d, he may possibly destroy his claim to a continental post of more lasting & beneficial avail—I know he has great confidence in your opinion & that of Genl Knox—& a line from you & him might turn his support to a true & proper point—for the good of Massachusetts, & our worthy friend Lincoln, I earnestly request that you & K. woud write immediately & forcibly on this business to Mr G—he can distrust the tranquility of the Commwlth, he can aid the election of Gerry Warren or Adams, he may possibly destroy the good he has done in promoting the Adoption of the fed. govt, & will certainly damp the ardor of his friends, & increase the opposition of his enemies to the attainment of any great purpose for his own future emolument, by proposing himself a candidate for the office of Lt Govr—by openly withdrawing his claim, he may & certainly will, in Mass̃ts, secure to himself, the fervent support of all good men, in attaining the object of his desires—The Govr. accedes to the vacancy being supplied by Lincoln—this is another point wh. ought to be attended to by Mr G. & his friends—You & Genl Knox can save this man from playing the fool with himself, & injuring a good cause—I therefore beseech you to be instant, & warm in your endeavours on this subject—

Farewell your friend

1. RC, King Papers, NHi.