George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Benjamin Lincoln, 20 December 1788

From Benjamin Lincoln

Boston Decr 20th 1788

My dear General

I have been honour with the receipt of your two favors Octr—1 and the 14th Ulto—The information conveyed by them is pleasing and interesting it at once relieved my mind from a state of painful anxiety and impressed in its stead sensations the most agreeable.

Last Thursday our votes were given in for representatives and for electors of President and vice President Mr Ames is probably chosen for this district, He was an active member in our convention and has always distinguished himself as an honest good man2—I can hardly guess who will represent any of the other districts, excepting the western one which I think will be represented by Mr Sedgwick3 The majority however I am confident will be good members—There was great exertions made for Mr Samuel Adams—he would probably have carried the vote could the people have been persuaded that he was in heart a federalist—Our Senators are federal indeed Mr Strong & Mr Dalton.4

By one of the inclosed papers your Excellency will learn some of the exertions which have been made for Mr Adams and by the other how far in many towns they succeeded5 In about one week we shall be able to determine more fully who will represent us and who will be our electors as soon as these events shall take place I will do myself the pleasure of communicating such things as may be worthy your notice. With the highest esteem I have the honour of being my dear General your Excellencys most obedent servant

B. Lincoln


1This letter was dated 26 Oct. 1788.

2Fisher Ames (1758–1808), at this time representing Dedham in the Massachusetts legislature, defeated Samuel Adams in the Suffolk district in the congressional elections. Holding his seat until 1797, he became one of the administration’s most stalwart supporters in the House of Representatives.

3Theodore Sedgwick (1746–1813) served during the 1780s in the Continental Congress and as speaker of the Massachusetts house of representatives. An ardent supporter of the new Constitution, Sedgwick was defeated for one of Massachusetts’s Senate seats in November 1788 but was narrowly elected to the House of Representatives where he served until his election to the Senate in 1796.

5The enclosures have not been identified.

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