799. Massachusetts Centinel, 12 March 1788

According to the complexion of certain recent transactions, the necessity of a firm, efficient, federal government, such as the newly adopted Constitution provides for, and is competent to, is more and more apparent—for it is now evident that the State Constitutions are made the sport and contempt of the antifederal party—and instead of the individual governments being swallowed up in a vortex created by the federal system—it is plain, that the only hope left us, that we can preserve a republican form in the several States, is founded on the speedy and general adoption of that system.