Brown wrote this in one of the numerous pamphlets he circulated in Dedham, Massachusetts, in 1798.
The people of Dedham, Massachusetts
To raise opposition to a centralized government that Brown felt was taking advantage of its power
Unlike elitist Jeffersonian counterparts Bache and Wade, Brown had little formal schooling or powerful connections. He languished in jail for nearly two years for his exaggerated remarks.
"Five hundred [people] out of the union of five millions receive all the benefit of public property and live upon the ruins of the rest of the community."