932. Amen
Massachusetts Centinel, 10 September 1788


BRETHREN, The extreme debility of the old Confederation—the clashing interests of the States, made so by prejudice, and unwise, local establishments—the roguery and chicanery discovered by some members of the union in their paper-money schemes, and tender laws—THESE, with the violation of publick faith, and want of confidence in the security of the laws, had precipitated the people to that AWFUL CRISIS which we were at, when this Commonwealth adopted the federal system of government. Every man, possessing common honesty, and common sense, was fully convinced, and ready to acknowledge, that our salvation was suspended on the measure.—The good people of this metropolis, in particular, were made extremely uneasy, lest the indecisive and wavering conduct of some of their delegates should be influential in causing a rejection of the Constitution—Happily this did not take place—and now the people are patiently, though earnestly waiting for that firm, energetick, and independent administration of this equal and glorious plan of government, which alone can inspire a full confidence in the laws, produce that peace and calmness, so necessary to the prosperity of trade, agriculture, manufactures, and the mechanick arts—for every derangement of these, and all that poverty, trouble and difficulty, in every profession, so universally complained of, are owing to the unsettled state of the country, and to the imbecility of the laws.

The adoption of the federal government but just saved us from general convulsions; and the prospect of better times under it, keeps all quiet at present:—But if we should be so unhappy as to be divided in our choice of federal rulers, and those persons who are clamourous for amendments, in the first instance, should under this cloak, obtain our suffrages;—further, should those who would voluntarily fetter themselves with instructions, be the objects of our choice—we shall undoubtedly deprive ourselves of the best abilities, the best characters, and the most independent and competent Legislators among us; and consequently have the blessings of the new government put off to a period, God only knows when.—And thus instead of peace and calms, the only hope of commerce and arts; factions, feuds, and mobs will still be our wretched fate.—From such infatuation in elections, the good Lord deliver us—and let all the people say=qmAMEN.