795. Federalissimo
Massachusetts Gazette, 7 March 1788




Freemen, attend!!

CITIZENS of MASSACHUSETTS, Through the influence of men who have ever delighted to promote your happiness and establish your honour and dignity, a constitution has been ratified by this state, a constitution which has for its object the national dignity and glory of the United States; but, although this has been effected, much remains yet to be done. You are not secure, unless your rulers venerate the system you have thought proper to adopt. Should the enemies to the federal system be able to croud themselves into office, they may yet wreck the basis of the fabrick, and involve in chaos the wise plans which have recently been laid for securing your welfare and felicity.

The time is just at hand when you are to exercise the privilege you have ever considered as sacred, that of choosing your own rulers. On this important occasion it behoves you to render your utmost exertions to place men in office who are distinguished for their patriotism, their integrity, their abilities, and a love of their country—men who have shewn a regard for the federal constitution, and whose exertions to effect its adoption have been crowned with the desired success.

I believe it need not be doubted who will gain the suffrages of the freemen of this state for chief MAGISTRATE, as the illustrious character who at present fills the chair of government, merits the esteem and confidence of every friend to our dignity and happiness; and, without lessening the merit of any of those patriotick statesmen and politicians who were members of the late state convention, it may be said his endeavours were not a little instrumental in effecting the adoption of the federal constitution. What I mean more particularly to refer to, is the choice of a Lieutenant-Governour. Many, fame says, are candidates for this office, and, among others, a certain general (I do not mean the hon. general LINCOLN) but can the general I do mean, my countrymen, extort a single vote from you in his favour? Can he have the least claim to the suffrage of a single friend to government? Without paying any attention to the conduct of the general in other respects, I shall only touch upon that part of it which relates to the federal constitution. While the convention were sitting in this town, the general was busy in his opposition, and openly and frequently avowed his disapprobation of the new constitution: his emissaries were constantly engaged in attending the nocturnal scenes of the star chamber, and in manufacturing speeches for the anti-federal junto. It would now give him the highest satisfaction to overthrow all which has been done, to mount the chariot of anarchy, to tackle in fraud and injustice for steeds, and drive like a whirlwind from east to west, distributing jealousy, dissention and treason. It is said a combination is forming in the western counties in his favour; if this is true, the combination can consist of none other than the votaries of Shays and the enemies to government. Let such favour him with their votes; but can you who are lovers of a just and energetick government, give your suffrages in favour of a man who has acted in opposition to your interests? No, NO! Unite, then, and consign such characters to a political grave; let them retire with all their imperfections, from publick view, and in obscurity veil their iniquity.

My fellow-citizens, it is highly necessary you should be united in your choice, a division will thwart the election of a man whom you can place any confidence in. General LINCOLN, or the hon. SAMUEL ADAMS, will without doubt be the persons to whom you will direct your attention. Be not divided in your choice; general Lincoln merits every honour a grateful country can bestow. The hon. S. Adams, is no less distinguished as a statesman and a friend to his country; he has long been versant in the cabinet, and is an accomplished politician; his country can never forget his patriotism, can never forget his unshaken fortitude, his attachment to her best interests during a long and bloody war, his unremitted exertions to emancipate the United States from the yoke of Britain. Think on these things, my countrymen, and in the decline of life neglect not the man who has rendered such important services to the cause of freedom. Think, I say, of these things, and unite your suffrages in favour of the hon. SAMUEL ADAMS, esquire, for lieutenant-governour of this commonwealth.