859. A Republican
Independent Chronicle, 8 May 1788

Mess’rs ADAMS & NOURSE. A Writer under the signature of Peregrine, in the Centinel, has taken upon him to decide with a peculiar degree of assurance, on the characters of some political classes, whom he has introduced into his weekly lucubrations. However just he may be in some of his observations, yet I cannot but reprobate the man, who would represent the “fiery” (alias zealous) “whigs of 75”, as a set of men, which ought to be ranked among the group of “bankrupt tories of 74.” “The insurgents of 86”, “and antifederalists of 88.”

Pray Mr. Peregrine, do you call yourself a lukewarm whig of 75? If so, you are unworthy the name of an American! Such characters might be agreeable to a set of temporizing tories, who paid their addresses to Hutchinson, in the times of his prosperity; among which number I suspect we shall find Peregrine and his connections; otherways he could not have had the effrontery to insinuate, that our zealous patriots of 75, are equally as infamous, as a banditti of insurgents of 86.

I would enquire of Peregrine, who opposed Britain in our Councils, when their troops were stationed in our metropolis? Did not the zealous patriots of 75? Among whom we find HANCOCK and ADAMS. Who enabled the immortal WASHINGTON, to rid the town of Boston of an host of British troops, and a junto of tories? Did not the American army, consisting of the zealous whigs of 75? Dare you then sir, arrogantly presume to blend those worthies, among a band of insurgents, antifederalists, and bankrupt tories?

The people of this Commonwealth, have not become familiarized to hear the patriots of those interesting periods thus abused. The zealous whigs of 75, who were engaged in opposition to British measures, still venerate the men who stood foremost in the cause of their country, notwithstanding the vile reflections of some sunshine politicians, who shrunk behind the curtain in the days of our adversity.

I would caution my countrymen, against a set of men, who under pretence of being “fiery” friends to the federal Constitution, are endeavouring to weaken our attachment to our republican Government. They are busily pursuing every measure, and suggesting every sentiment, which may have a tendency to lessen our esteem for such aged patriots, as are for adhering to those original principles, which supported us in our opposition to British tyranny. Notwithstanding such attempts, I doubt not every considerate man in this Commonwealth, while he wishes to promote the federal System, will at the same time reflect, that the future happiness and welfare of this country, depend, under GOD, on our firm attachment to those pure principles of REPUBLICANISM, which establish’d the American Independence.

I doubt not the people of this Commonwealth, by their representatives in General Court assembled, will convince the world that they are still actuated by the spirit of 75, and that they mean to rear the Pillars of the Federal Constitution on that broad basis of freedom. No greater proof can they give of their attachment to that spirit, than by raising those two worthies, HANCOCK and ADAMS, (who were particularly exposed to the vengeance of Britain) to the chief seats in our government.