963. Justice
Massachusetts Centinel, 6 December 17881

Mr. RUSSELL, Practising on the example of robbers, who, when pursued, attempt to escape the vigilance of their pursuers, by joining in the cry after themselves—the wicked, insurgent junto in this town, keep up a hue and cry, and endeavour, by their noise, to drown the voice of reason and justice, which would proclaim to the world their wickedness.

That this is the case, Mr. Printer, the Chronicle of Thursday loudly testifies—there the Hydra of Faction appeared in all its deformity. Falshood, misrepresentation, and abuse of worthy men, issue from its various heads. Though disguised under many names, still the mark of the parent is visible in all the offspring—and whether appearing as Hamden, A. B. or Junius in the Chronicle, or anonymous in the Gazette, are immediately recognized as branches of the same family, having one common parent. Indeed it is asserted as a fact, and the above similarity seems to confirm it, that a certain person is employed, and put under pay whose sole business it is—though destitute of every essential requisite for a writer—to scribble in the papers—to abuse the friends of the federal Constitution—the friends to good government—and to puff off his supporters.

It was thought that this clan had been so frequently detected in their tricks—and were so well known to the people, that they would not dare to set their scribbler again at work to deceive them. But, knowing whom they shall please thereby, they are ready to commit any action, however contemptible or vile, and, like the inhuman Turk, would, to gratify a reigning Sultan, murder every one whom they suspect will interfere in or frustrate his schemes.

But, our citizens must be worse than blocks, if such conduct will not raise their indignation, and excite their resentment.—They cannot with unconcern see the best men in the community hunted down by hireling scribblers, and the fairest characters vilified by those who never possessed any character at all. They may be assured, that all the dust lately raised, is intended to blind the eyes of the electors in the choice of Federal Officers—our citizens will therefore exert themselves, to defeat the designs of their enemies—and they will thereby do honour to the name of freemen, and vindicate to the world the Federalism of this Federal Commonwealth.

1. Reprinted: Philadelphia Federal Gazette, 18 December.