Essex Junto at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:
Informal group of Federalist political leaders in Massachusetts, mainly from Essex Co. Its members supported A. Hamilton and friendship with Britain and opposed T. Jefferson, the Embargo Act, and the War of 1812. Its leaders, incl. T. Pickering, tried to form a separate confederation in New England and participated in the Hartford Convention. They declined in importance after 1814.