From Thomas Jefferson
Philadelphia June 10. 1792. No. 3.
The poll of the N. Y. election stood the day before yesterday thus.
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General Schuyler 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 & myself 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.1 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. Your’s affectionately
RC (DLC: Rives Collection, Madison Papers); FC, Tr (DLC: Jefferson Papers). Unsigned.
1. In his 23 May letter to Washington, Jefferson had alleged that “the ultimate object” of the Hamiltonian system of funding the public debt “is to prepare the way for a change, from the present republican form of government, to that of a monarchy, of which the English constitution is to be the model” (Ford, Writings of Jefferson description begins Paul Leicester Ford, ed., The Writings of Thomas Jefferson (10 vols.; New York, 1892–99). description ends , VI, 3).