823. A Traveller
Hampshire Gazette, 2 April 17881

Mr. BUTLER, Last Saturday, as I was riding through the town of Ware, I saw in the road something that looked like a letter—I got off and took it up, but the superscription was so defaced, that I could not tell to whom it was directed—I therefore broke it open, and the contents were as follows, viz.

Boston, March 26th, 1788. 

“DEAR SIR, I wrote you the 13th inst. that those of us in the General Court, who are opposed to the federal constitution, had agreed to make every exertion in favour of Mr. Gerry, for Governor, and Gen. Warren, for Lieutenant-Governor. And also that the members from the county of Hampshire had agreed to use their influence, that Phinehas Stebbens, Col. Wm. Lyman, Wm. Bodman, and your old friend, poor D. C. should be chosen Senators for our county. But since I wrote that letter, we have agreed to an alteration of Senators—and the list now is, the hon. Oliver Phelps, Esq. (for we find he is our stanch friend yet) Samuel Fowler, Esq. Samuel Field, and poor D. C. is still kept in. I hope this will arrive safe and in time—Spare no pains to let the alteration be known to all our friends. We have sent letters to all parts of the county, in order to prevent a division.—General Warren say[s] if the landed interest are but united in the several lists that we have sent into the different counties, we shall have a government another year that will take care of the people. We consult him in all we do—and he is equal to the devil in cunning & intrigue. Indeed he has so much of it that I begin to be afraid of him—but we must try him. The Court will be up next week, and then we will join you with all our forces.

“Your old friend,     D. C.” 

As I live in the state of New-York, Mr. Printer, I shall make no comment on the above letter—but I tho’t I would copy it and send it to you, as it seemed to belong to your part of the state—and you may burn it or print it as you please.

1. Reprinted: Independent Chronicle and Massachusetts Gazette, 18 April.