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The second Section of same Chapter, styled Senator, unanimously accepted. 26 votes.

The third Section, same Chapter, styled Representatives, unanimously accepted. 23 votes.

All the remainder of said publication was unanimously accepted (with the foregoing amendments), by 23 votes, one-half of the people having before withdrawn.

Stephen Hall, 3d, was the Delegate from Medford to form the Constitution of 1780. The convention sat at Cambridge from Sept. 1, 1779, to March 2, 1780.

After the adoption of this Constitution, the form used in warning town-meetings was changed, and they warned “in the name of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.”

Thus established under a Republican Constitution of their own making, our ancestors felt as if they had passed from a state of minority to a state of manhood. The first election, therefore, under this new political charter, was an event of deep interest. They wished to set an example of wise selection, disinterested patriotism, and fraternal unanimity, which might serve for an example to all future times. They did so. They selected intelligent statesmen, true patriots, and professing Christians. The first election took place Sept. 4, 1780; and, in Medford, the votes stood thus:--

For Governor.
John Hancock30
James Bowdoin20
For Lieutenant-Governor.
Artemus Ward30
Benjamin Lincoln9
John Hancock3
James Bowdoin2
Thomas Cushing1
Benjamin Grenleaf1
For Senators and Councillors.
Col. Cummings23
Stephen Hall, 3d13
William Baldwin11
Josiah Stone34
Nathaniel Gorham24
James Dix25
Eleazer Brooks24
Abraham Fuller12
Oliver Prescott3
Samuel Thatcher2
Thomas Brooks1
Samuel Curtis2
Benjamin Hall1

Here we find two candidates for each office; thus parties, inseparable from a state of free inquiry and equal rights, revealed themselves at once. The question being settled,

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