Stephen Hall, 3d, was the Delegate
to form the Constitution
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:--
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,