Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Robert Gamble, 4 December 1792

From Robert Gamble

Richmond Decemr. 4th. 1792


Your letter of the 22nd. ulto. is at hand and the second draught for 250. Dollars in favor of me for Mr. De Reux, on Mr. Hopkins, honored. I have wrote Mr. De Reaux and await his directions for the disposition thereof.

To morrow being the important day for choosing a President and Vice. P. of course engages peoples minds and Conversation. The dread of Jealousy in the other states, should both Offices be filled from Virga. appears to draw the attention of the Electors from Mr. Jefferson, to Mr. Clinton. Mr. Adams appears unpopular. And I apprehend too little pains has been taken by Gentlemen in Congress and others in Office at the seat of Government to inform Such as either are Electors or who could influence those who are. All seem to depend on Vague rumors. Prejudice and Caprice must direct. I trust an overruling providence will order right. Pardon the digression. The date of my Letter will I hope apologize as at this period peoples minds and conversations are engaged on politics. I am Sir respectfully your mo. obt hum st

Ro. Gamble

RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 11 Dec. 1792 and so recorded in SJL.

When the electoral votes were counted on 13 Feb. 1793 for the selection of a president and vice-president, Washington was unanimously reelected with 132 votes, and John Adams was reelected with 77 votes. Adams’s relatively poor showing is accounted for by a decision of New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia Republicans to demonstrate their displeasure with some policies of the Washington administration by denying support to Adams. TJ, who might otherwise have been an obvious choice for the Republicans, was effectively barred because Article II, Section 1, of the Constitution prohibited electors from voting for two candidates from their own state. The Republicans settled on Governor George Clinton of New York as their candidate, and he received all of Virginia’s 21 votes for vice-president, garnering 50 votes in the final tally. TJ received Kentucky’s 4 votes for vice-president (Annals description begins Annals of the Congress of the United States: The Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of the United States … Compiled from Authentic Materials, Washington, D.C., Gales & Seaton, 1834–56, 42 vols. All editions are undependable and pagination varies from one printing to another. The first two volumes of the set cited here have “Compiled … by Joseph Gales, Senior” on the title-page and bear the caption “Gales & Seatons History” on verso and “of Debates in Congress” on recto pages. The remaining volumes bear the caption “History of Congress” on both recto and verso pages. Those using the first two volumes with the latter caption will need to employ the date of the debate or the indexes of debates and speakers. description ends , iii, 646; James Monroe to James Madison, 18 Sep. and 9 Oct. 1792, Madison to Monroe, 11 Oct. 1792, in Madison, Papers description begins William T. Hutchinson, Robert A. Rutland, and others, eds., The Papers of James Madison, Chicago and Charlottesville, 1962–, 17 vols. description ends , xiv, 367, 377–9, 382). See also Marcus Cunliffe, “Elections of 1789 and 1792,” in Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., and Fred L. Israel, eds., History of American Presidential Elections, 4 vols. (New York, 1971), i, 19–32, which incorrectly states that TJ received Rhode Island’s 4 votes.

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