[Great Barrington, c April 15, 1823] 1
It is no uncommon thing either with individuals or bodies of men when galled by the utterance of unwelcome truths against which they cannot well defend themselves to give vent to the violence of their feelings and endeavour to divert the attention of the publick by making a great clamour about something else. A few harmless remarks in the Star of the 27th of March last on the course it was expected the federalists of Pittsfield would take in relation to the late Senatorial election drew forth from a writer in the last Star a most bitter tirade against a certain town in the South part of the County. --I expected to have seen some justification of the conduct of our Pittsfield friends or some extenuation at least, if not an absolute denial of the charge brought against them. 2 No such thing. The writer has done like a man who because 〈his windows had been pelted by mischievous boys〉 he had heard some unfavourable report about himself, should start out into the highway to horsewhip the first man he meets. In answer to the accusation against Pittsfield he has presented us with a long list of political sins committed by the inhabitants [of] a certain other place of which he deigns to give us no other information than that it lies in the south part of Berkshire-- 3 I applaud the ingenuity of the stratagem. I must own that it was the wisest course that an inhabitant of Pittsfield could take on this delicate occasion. It was natural too that one trained to legal investigations should betray some traces of his profession in his mode of thinking on political subjects, and following in some sort the analogy of that rule by which counsel select the proper evidence to support the causes they undertake, should endeavour to get rid of an unwelcome accusation against his townsmen by the best expedient the nature of the case will admit of. --On the subject which called forth the remarks of this writer, I have nothing to say. The charge has not been denied or extenuated; the mischief has already been done and cannot be repaired by talking about it. But it may not perhaps be altogether unamusing or uninstructive to see in what manner the writer, who signs himself No Town Sticker has made and supported the charges which he intended to divert the publick odium from the town of which he himself is an inhabitant. --If I can form any judgment of that place meant by this writer I feel no more partiality for it than I do for Pittsfield, and whenever it shall so far forget itself as to assume an impunity that does not belong to it let the publick [ . . . ].
There was says the writer a gross and palpable compromise made in the Nomination of Senators for 1819 for the purpose of aiding the Congressional Ticket. I was not better pleased with this [picked?] Nomination than the writer himself-- It was too much like the Pittsfield nomination