862. A Federalist
Massachusetts Centinel, 10 May 1788


That the salvation of America, under providence, depends upon the complete adoption and organizing of the NEW CONSTITUTION, the people of this metropolis appear to be fully sensible of.—Having proceeded upon this principle in all our conduct as a town, we ought to reflect that much remains to be done. It was generally circulated among the antifederalists, previous to the adjournment of the General Court, that it was not too late to defeat the system—and there can be no doubt of the utmost exertions of the antifederal party to raise as great an influence by numbers in the legislature, as possible.—They pursued this method the last year—and had the new Constitution depended upon the House for its adoption, it would have been lost.—Therefore, to counteract the insurgent and antifederal interest, and to complete the organization of the Constitution, by ensuring a majority of federal characters, and to bring forth the top stone of the glorious American fabrick with shouting, it seems absolutely necessary that this metropolis should (as the neighbouring sea-ports undoubtedly will) elect the full compliment of members which they can constitutionally chuse.—Agreeably to this idea the following twelve gentlemen’s names are handed to the publick.

Caleb Davis, Samuel Breck,
John C. Jones, Thomas Russell,
Thomas Dawes, jun. Samuel Bradford,
Charles Jarvis, Nathaniel Balch,
Jonathan Mason, Joseph Barrell,
John Winthrop, Joseph Russell, jun.