To Thomas Jefferson
Fredg. Ocr. 23. 92.
My dear Sir
I got here a few days ago, & shall set out in company with Col: Monroe tomorrow. Parker Giles & Venable1 are here also on their way to Philada. The information they give of the temper of the Assembly is in all respects favorable. The vacancy produced by R. H. Lee’s resignation2 is filled with Col: J. Taylor. He had 90 odd votes, A. Lee, 39. & Corbin 33. Great efforts were made for A. L. among others it is said by the Supervisor.3 My brother writes me that the vote for vice P. is most likely to be unanimous in favor of the republican Candidate, that the excise is generally reprobated; but the public temper as to direct taxes not yet ascertained. I have discovered that my inference from the expression in your letter at Bladensbg. was erroneous; which has relieved me from some inquietude. Adieu Yrs. Affy.
Js. Madison Jr.
RC (DLC). Docketed by Jefferson, “recd. Ocr. 27.”
1. Abraham Bedford Venable (1758–1811) of Prince Edward County graduated from Princeton and speculated in Yazoo lands. He served in the House of Representatives, 1791–99, Virginia House of Delegates, 1800–1803, and U.S. Senate, 1803–4. He became president of the Bank of Virginia and died in the Richmond theater fire (BDC description begins Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774–1971 (Washington, 1971). description ends , pp. 1856–57; VMHB description begins Virginia Magazine of History and Biography. description ends , VI [1898–99], 178; XX , 314–15; Swem and Williams, Register description begins Earl G. Swem and John W. Williams, eds., A Register of the General Assembly of Virginia, 1776–1918, and of the Constitutional Conventions (Richmond, 1918). description ends , p. 440).
2. Richard Henry Lee resigned from the Senate on 8 Oct. His successor was John Taylor of Caroline (1753–1824), who in time became “the high priest of Virginia republicanism” (BDC description begins Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774–1971 (Washington, 1971). description ends , p. 54 n. 27; Thomas H. Johnson, The Oxford Companion to American History [New York, 1966], p. 774).
3. Edward Carrington.