858. Martin Luther
Massachusetts Centinel, 7 May 1788

Mr. RUSSELL, “FACTS are stubborn.” Within these few days, the publick (or at least a part of them) have seen the great and good characters who composed the late federal Convention—men whom freemen all revere—and worlds admire—and those who advocate the Constitution they have recommended, indiscriminately branded, as “ignorant, insolent, weak, wicked, poor, infamous, lying, indecent, immodest, feeble, most contemptible, most unprincipled BANKRUPTS, USURERS, SEEKERS OF OFFICE, RABBLE of the Cincinnati, TORIES, INCENDIARIES, the thirty-eight Usurpers, &c.” And all this, Mr. Russell, in one paper, and in about half a column—and in the self same paper too which complains—terribly complains—that the opposers of the Constitution have been ill-treated, and called hard names, such as insurgents, antifederalists, &c. epithets peculiarly illiberal when contrasted with the soft and decent ones above mentioned. Your’s