V. To Archibald Stuart
Washington Feb. 12. 1801. 7. A.M.
Th:J. to A. Stuart.
The H. of R. has been in conclave ever since 2 aclock yesterday. 25. ballots have been taken, & were invariably 8. 6. & 2. divided. the intervals of balloting were from half an hour to an hour. I can venture nothing more by post but my affectionate salutations.
P.S. 1. P.M. the H. of R. suspended the balloting from 7. to 12. this morning, & after trying a few balots again with the same effect suspended it till 11. A.M. tomorrow.
RC (ViHi); addressed: “Archibald Stuart Staunton Virga”; franked and postmarked.