826. Roxburiensis
Massachusetts Gazette, 4 April 1788

There is no measures that can possibly contribute more to the freedom of election than the newly adopted one of publishing the names of those persons from time to time, who may be supposed in the judgment of individuals, to be qualified for publick offices. So far from controuling or biassing the general opinion, this mode has a quite contrary effect; for instead of the artful surprizes of designing men, by which many persons may be induced to give their suffrages without duly scanning the merits of candidates, the publick attention is immediately excited, and persons thus held up to notice become the subjects of general conversation, by which means, elections are the result of sentiment and investigation in a much greater degree than can possibly take place upon any other plan.

I have never heard the method reprobated, but by one person, who was known to be a seeker, and who it seems had a greater opinion of his own merits than any of his neighbours; for although he was not deficient in a modest assurance in descanting on his own good qualities, yet he could not persuade any one but—to insert his name in any list of candidates published in the papers.