. This only slightly cryptic passage indicates that electioneering for office began
immediately upon the adoption of the new Constitution. In the Adams vocabulary John
Hancock was a “tinkleling cymball,” and he won the governorship in the election held
early in September. “The Man who . . . ought to be our Chief
,” in AA
's opinion, was James Bowdoin, who was not “popular”
at this time, in part at least because of his loyalist connections. When no candidate
for lieutenant governor was elected by the people in September, the General Court
chose Bowdoin, but he declined the lesser office, and Thomas Cushing was chosen. See
Barry, History of Mass.
, 3:180–181. There are illuminating comments on the Bowdoin-Hancock rivalry for the
governorship in James Warren's letters to JA
of 11 July
and 12 Oct
. (Adams Papers
; Warren-Adams Letters
, 2:135, 141); in William Gordon to JA
, 22 July
; MHS, Procs.
, 63 [1929–1930]:436–437); and in Samuel Cooper to JA
, 8 Sept.