926. Boston Gazette, 1 September 17881

A correspondent who observed a Piece in the Centinel of Saturday signed “A Federalist” could not but remark on the Candor of the Writer, who says very few of the propos’d amendments to the Constitution are honest or praiseworthy, when several of the most powerful and wise States of the Union have agreed in and recommended certain Amendments, not merely local, but which have a Reference to the Union at large and which the People of the Commonwealth think essential and necessary.

The Writer has not more distinguished himself for his candor and moderation in his attack on the suppos’d Writer of the Piece sign’d Solon in last Thursday’s Chronicle. The Hon. General there alluded to distinguish’d himself as the firm and decided Friend of his Country, previous to the Revolution, when such Characters as the Federalist and his associates dare not risk their Lives or Fortunes on the issue of the Dispute. He has since been invariably the assertor of the Rights of the people in opposition to the Designs of an aristocratical junto.

With respect to “the excellent system of the grand Convention,” your correspondent can vouch from its first promulgation, that the General was decidedly in favour of it, although he saw some alterations necessary for the security of the people,—& was while in the Convention, of the same sentiments uniformly and without equivocation. He is still of the same sentiments, and where is the reason for stiling him, A doubtful and equivocal character? But the people are cautioned to beware of a Junto, who are endeavouring to stigmatize with the most opprobrious epithets, those Patriots, who have carried us through the Revolution with the highest honor; who, labouring for the welfare of the people have spent the vigor of their years, and who, this set, are now endeavouring to deprive of the rewards of their faithful and active services.

The Legislature, and the freemen of the county of Suffolk in particular, will mark well their real friends, and decide upon the merits of the several candidates for legislative officers, without the interference of the pretended Federalist.

The flagellation, \(“as some folks suppose,”\) to have been receiv’d upon the Annihilation of the order “from an ingenious Satyrist” will never (this correspondent observes) deter any man from giving his opinion on public men or measures who is zealous in the cause of his fellow citizens.

1. Reprinted: New York Journal, 11 September.