841. Peregrine
Massachusetts Centinel, 23 April 1788

Mr. RUSSELL, In addition to the two instances mentioned in my last, which indicate a change of sentiment in our country brethren, you may now add the following, viz.—Tender laws, and paper money, which have been darling objects with too many, have lost their magical influence. In fact, these are now perceived to be the natural offspring of a levelling spirit, and a contempt for the laws:—The reflecting yeomanry begin to penetrate through the MISTS that certain State quacks and jugglers have raised, to effect, not the publick good, but their own private advantage—they now plainly perceive, that those who have been their artful leaders, are in general persons of no principle nor honesty, and deeply plunged in debt:—Such men there always have been in the world, and whenever they have been successful enough to create a party, and carry their measures for a time, every evil work has followed—CIVIL WARS, with all their horrid concommitants, have repeatedly followed the machinations and attempts of men desperate in their circumstances. Thanks to a kind Providence, the good sense of this people now bids fair to rescue them from those gloomy scenes, which we have had too much reason to anticipate.—I can assure you, that the friends of our excellent Constitution, who are all federalists, and enemies to paper money and tender laws, have carried their point in the election of Senators, and there is no doubt, but that a goodly majority of such men will be returned as will be a prop to the hopes of the friends of peace, justice, and good government; while the wishes and expectations of the antifederal faction, will be entirely blasted.

Much remains to be done—and if the friends to law and government, exert themselves as worthily in the choice of representatives, the very roots of faction and knavery we may hope soon to see eradicated.

One point more I shall touch upon at this time—Antifederalism is evidently on the decline in the country—this is confirmed by the great majority of votes for chief magistrate—Notwithstanding the indefatigable labours of that junto, whose hopes are in anarchy and confusion, to effect a rejection of the present Governour, and introduce another character, (whom by the way they would find themselves egregiously mistaken in) the force of truth, common sense, and sound policy, is triumphant.

The vapours begin to disperse—the meridian splendour of the new Constitution, beams upon the people in all its majesty and lustre—and under its blessed influences they anticipate all that happiness which a free and equal government can bestow. More of this revolution in my next.