921. Charleston Columbian Herald, 21 August 1788

Extract of a letter from Boston, Aug. 2.

“We, to a man almost, in Boston, and in every populous and enlightened town, are constitutionalists. We know, that a production of men cannot be complete; but we also know, that the new constitution is the only ark that can save us from the mighty flood of evils which now [– – –] on our country; or more properly speaking, is the only mound that will secure us from the inundation, if speedily raised: Knowing these to be facts, we should not have discharged the duty we the federalists owe to our country, had we neglected to do our part towards the creation of this mound: And we should not have acted with our usual precaution—we should not have discovered our gratitude for the opportunity offered us, had we neglected to have taken sanctuary in this ark of protection. The great principle on which the corner stones of American liberty and independence are founded, still animate the federal patriots of Massachusetts—and for their conduct in ratifying the Federal System, their names, while they are wafted on the opinions of time, shall acquire fresh lustre; and shall by ages yet unborn, be numbered with the patriots—the Saviours of their country.”

To the eye of a philosopher the structure of society affords the noblest spectacle upon earth. To assemble in a body a number of scattered individuals, to strip them of their natural liberty, in order to render them substantially more free, to unite them by the very principles which would otherwise have kept them eternally asunder—to make them renounce their private interests for the promotion of the general good and to direct the general good to their own advantage individually—to cause their passions, and even their vices, to contribute to the advancement of wisdom and of virtue—these are circumstances that form one of the most stupendous phenomena in the political world, to which we seem to pay little attention—but of which, rightly considered, we can never sufficiently express our admiration. The reason of this neglect is obvious. We have been habituated to appear on a theatre, on which every man insensibly plays his part without at all reflecting on the wonderful system of laws by which he is enabled to fill it.