796. Winchester Virginia Gazette, 7 March 1788

A ficticious writer, under the signature of Centinel, in a late Boston paper, alarm’d the citizens of that metropolis with an assertion, that large sums of money had been brought from a neighbouring State, with design to corrupt the minds of the members of the Convention, who were opposed to the Federal Constitution. The Convention conceiving themselves highly insulted by so base a charge, ordered that their messenger should call on the Printers for the real name of the author. The Printers, although they doubted the legality of the demand, yet, induced by their genuine patriotism, and a desire to afford every aid on their part which might conduce to the public good, so far as was consistent with the line of their profession, applied to the writer for his assent to comply with the reques[ition?] which having obtained, they gave the name of Col. William Donnison, said to be a known friend to his Country. In the following paper, the Centinel again appeard, with some plausible reasons for his previous assertions, which were founded on meer hear-say. After a strict enquiry into the truth of the propagation, it was found to be altogether false.

To what arts will not the anti-federal partizans have recourse to, in their endeavours to frustrate a foundation, on which alone can be reared, the future glory of Independent America.