966. Massachusetts Centinel, 17 December 1788


Since it has been ascertained, that the Citizens of this Federal Metropolis, are in favour of a fair trial of the Constitution previous to amendments, the junto, to suit their plans to the popular opinion, now shamelessly assert, that those who are known to be decidedly against the Constitution, are in favour of a previous trial. But, until within two or three days, those who were opposed to previous amendments, have been abused with every opprob[r]ious epithet.

The people of this federal metropolis, cannot have forgotten with what anxiety they waited through the long session of the Convention, to hear from the Hon. Mr. A. his voice in support of the Constitution—and when at the close of the session, he did come out, what a CONSTERNATION they were then thrown into, by the extraordinary propositions he then brought forward—truly “the die” with respect to the RATIFICATION, “spun doubtful.”

If this gentleman really possesses all that federalism and love to his country, which his advocates pretend, how can they reconcile his silence at so interesting a period with an independent noble spirit of patriotism—especially when it is known that much was expected from his age and abilities.

The consistency of the junto is strikingly exemplified in their eulogium upon some deserving characters of 1775—and that torrent of abuse which they pour out upon others equally deserving. But it is remarkable, that the same spirit which actuates the antifederalists at the southward, is predominant in the scurrilities of their coadjutors at the eastward—not a veteran of 1775, even General WASHINGTON himself, has escaped the gall and venom of these harpies.

In Edes’s paper of Monday last, the antifederalists have fairly “let the cat out of the bag” as the saying is.—Hear, their whole plan in this precious antifederal paragraph, viz. “Mr. Adams was in our first Congress, previous to the war, he then became acquainted with many of those leading characters, who will probably compose the present Government—HE KNOWS THEM, AND THEY KNOW HIM—they are conversant with each others politicks.—Such a body of men meeting in our first Congress, will give decision to the publick business; AS THEY ARE ONLY TO BEGIN, WHERE THEY BEFORE LEFT OFF.”—That is, in plain English, by first deciding upon the NEW CONSTITUTION, which it is very generally believed, the amendment stickler would very soon annihilate—and then “begin where they left off,” that is, with that wretched sand-rope, the OLD CONFEDERATION. FEDERALISTS! If this does not open your eyes, it is because judicial blindness hath fallen upon you.