941. Federal Commonwealth
Massachusetts Centinel, 27 September 1788

Mr. RUSSELL, The necessity and importance of being on our guard against the secret and open attempts of the antifederalists and other time serving politicians, are daily more and more evidenced—the interval between the present time, and the organization of the new government, affords these restless sons of disunion, an opportunity to bring forward their last expedients to defeat the hopes of every decided friend to the UNION and a COMPETENT FEDERAL GOVERNMENT—The old knot of Pennsylvania—the rioters of anti memory—are again at their detestable machinations; and with a string of alterations, subversive of every trace of energy in the Constitution, are seeking to divide, perplex and harrass the people. Shall we never be at peace among ourselves? Shall the restless sons of anarchy forever disturb us?—Yes—forever, and forever, if the people suffer themselves to be deluded by such demagogues—Let their pretensions be what they will, the object of these “sticklers for alterations,” is the subversion of the federal Constitution. Is there a man living whose mind is not involved in prejudice, that does not anticipate the destruction of the essence and spirit of the adopted Constitution, should a new Continental Convention be suddenly called under the auspices of these alteration-mongers?—But how do they mean to effect this fatal manœuvre? The answer is plain—by first persuading the people that their liberties are in danger—secondly, that they are the only true patriots; and thirdly, by getting themselves elected into the federal Legislature. It therefore behoves the good people of these States to hold fast their federal integrity. The new Constitution is their dernier resort; this is their only retreat from disunion, anarchy and destruction.

Happy is it for the citizens of this Commonwealth, their federalism is daily more and more apparent; and there can be no doubt of their being united at the ensuing FEDERAL ELECTIONS, in truly federal characters. If any alterations in the Constitution should be found necessary on experience, antifederal or equivocal characters must be the most unsuitable agents to employ in so important a business—None such can therefore expect the suffrages of the people of this