Thomas Jefferson Papers

II: Comments on the Congressional Election in New York, 31 May 1802

Comments on the Congressional Election in New York

Republican Members of Congress

John Smith } re-elected
Samuel L. Mitchill
Philip Van Cortlandt
David Thomas
Beriah Palmer } members of the Old republican party—In whom every reliance may be placed
Andrew Mc.Cord
Isaac Bloom
Frederik Sammons
John Patterson } The two first Emigrants from Massachusetts— the last from Connecticut.
Oliver Phelps
Erastus Root

Patterson was a Brigadier Genl. in the Massachusetts Line during the War—Root is a young lawyer who has been often in our state Legislature— Phelps is the only man that can be suspected of inclining to the views of the little faction but I feel persuaded his patriotism and intimacy with Mr Granger will keep him straight—These men have been undeviating republicans since their settlement in this State.

Federal do

Joshua Sands } Decent men of moderate talents
Henry W. Livingston
Killian K. Van Rensselaer } re-elected
George Tibbets } Emigrants from Connecticut —bitter and weak—the last a lawyer—
Gaylord Griswold
Coendrat E. Elmendorf } a vapid Attorney—

A Question will arise whether he is elected—Our Judges on the Returns have not decided.

MS (DNA: RG 59, LAR, 2:0301); undated; entirely in Clinton’s hand.

FREDERIK SAMMONS: that is, Thomas Sammons, newly elected congressman from Montgomery County, who was also a member of the New York Constitutional Convention of 1801 (Biog. Dir. Cong. description begins Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774–1989, Washington, D.C., 1989 description ends ).

For Clinton’s earlier assessment of Oliver PHELPS, see Vol. 36:81–2.

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