924. A Friend to Amendments
Independent Chronicle, 28 August 17881

Mess’rs. ADAMS & NOURSE, A writer in the Centinel, under the signature of Laco, has given several specimens of his impertinence. His introducing the names of Hutchinson and Ruggles, is supposed a reflection on Mess’rs Adams and Gerry, recommended in Edes’s paper for Senators of this State. The known patriotism of the former of these gentlemen, can never be injured by any reflections thrown on him by certain time serving busy-bodies, who are now anxious to introduce themselves and party into our new government; & who are eager to share the loaves and fishes among a few of their adherents.

It is not doubted the sentiments of the people will be united in such men as are known to be the friends to our country, independent of sinister motives, and who are advocates for amendments in our Federal Constitution; as a large and respectable majority of the States have earnestly recommended them.

A friend to amendments has now become the criterion of a federalist, and none but a set of head-strong aristocratics, who will ever disregard the voice of the people, will endeavour to introduce those men into our new government, who are not strenuous advocates for amendments.

As the federal government guarantees a Republican form of government to the several States, it is presumed the people will be so prudent as not to chuse any of that party, who already are attempting to destroy this form by recent publications.

1. Reprinted: New York Journal, 11 September.