On October 27, 1787, Alexander Hamilton addressed the People of the State of New York in the first Federalist proposition. Appearing in The Independent Journal, a New York periodical and newspaper sometimes branded by the appellation, the General Advertiser, The Federalist published, along with all other essays and notices, twice a week.
Within a month, The Independent Journal realized the importance of the content it was publishing and, in collaboration with other New York periodicals, decided to publish The Federalist articles four times a week.
Over the course of seven months, The Federalist became the hottest read in New York.
Penned by two other authors besides Hamilton—John Jay and James Madison—eighty-five articles and essays composed The Federalist. At the closing of each article, the author signed as one under the pseudonym, Publius.