Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, 10 June 1792

To James Madison

Philadelphia June 10. 1792.

Dear Sir

Clinton Jay
Suffolk  481.  228.
Queen’s cty.  532  288
King’s cty.  244   92
city & county of N.Y.  603  739
Orange  551.  80.
Dutchess  751.  945
Westchester  347  824
Richmond  106    4
Ulster  947  654
Columbia 1303  717
Renslaer  404  717
Washington  758  471
Saratoga  405  461
7432 6220

The poll of the N.Y. election stood the day before yesterday thus. General Schuyler1 says there will be about 16,000 voters and offers to bet 3. to 1. as far as 500. guineas that Jay will still be elected. However he seems to be alone here in that expectation. We dined together at the P’s on Thursday, and happening to set next one another, we got, towards the close of the afternoon, into a little contest whether hereditary descent or election was most likely to bring wise and honest men into public councils. He for the former, Pinkney and my self for the latter. I was not displeased to find the P. attended to the conversation as it will be a corroboration of the design imputed to that party in my letter.—At a dinner of Jay-ites yesterday R.M. mentioned to the company that Clinton was to be vice-president, that the Antis intended to set him up. Bingham joined in attesting the project, which appeared new to the rest of the company. I paid Genl. Irvin 50 D. for Mr. Moore, the receipt he had, vouching it. Adieu. Yours affectionately

RC (DLC: Madison Papers); unsigned; at head of text: “No. 3”; at foot of text: “Mr. Madison.” PrC (DLC). Tr (DLC); 19th-century copy.

The letter TJ referred to was that of 23 May 1792 to President Washington. R.M.: Senator Robert Morris of Pennsylvania. For a discussion of the disputed New York gubernatorial election between George Clinton and John Jay, see Mary-Jo Kline and others, eds., Political Correspondence and Public Papers of Aaron Burr, 2 vols. (Princeton, 1983), i, 106–17.

1Word interlined in place of “Clinton.”

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