867. Massachusetts Centinel, 14 May 17881

There is not a choice of Lieutenant-Governour by the people. We were, however, right in the information we gave the publick, respecting the numbers for the several candidates, as far as they went—about 13,000. Since then, upwards of 7000 votes have been given in; which were so divided as to prevent any person from being chosen. General Lincoln had upwards of 10,000 of these votes—and it is supposed would have been duly elected had all the returns been sent in in season, he wanting only a small number to make a choice. The votes not given in for Gen. Lincoln are divided between the Hon. Messrs. Adams, Warren, Gerry, and Gorham, and if we may form a judgment of the federalism of this State, from the votes given in for Lieutenant-Governour, by those returned for Messrs. L. A. and G. (and we know of none better) we are confirmed in our opinion, that near three-fourths of the citizens, (and these three-fourths possess 19–20ths of the property) of this Commonwealth, are FEDERAL.

1. Reprinted: Hampshire Chronicle, 21 May; Cumberland Gazette, Providence United States Chronicle, and New Haven Gazette, 22 May; Pennsylvania Journal, 31 May.