James Madison Papers

To James Madison from John Dawson, 12 November 1792

From John Dawson

Rich: Nov: 12 92

Dear Sir

We have heard from several elections & have reason to think that the friends to Mr Clinton, or rather the opponents to Mr. Adams are generally chosen. Moses Hunter1 however is chosen for the Frederick district, who it is said will be friendly to Adams. Whether S. T. Mason or Colo Peyton is elected for Loudon &c is not yet known—if the latter it is to be feard that he will be for Adams. I wish Hunter coud be written to by some gentleman in Philaa. & Peyton shoud he be chosen.

I feel great anxiety on this business & shall use every effort in my power to procure a unanimous vote of the state—this I fear cannot be done but think there will be not more than two or three against Clinton. His enemies propagate a report that he is much opposed to moving the goverment to the Potowk. I wish you woud collect every information you can & forward to me before the 3d. Wednesday in the next month. You will be interested to hear that our Governor is a warm friend to Adams. I am with esteem yr. friend & Sert

J Dawson


1Col. Moses Hunter (d. 1795) served in the Virginia state line during the Revolution. He was a member of the House of Delegates, 1779–86, and Berkeley County clerk, 1785–95. On the day Dawson was writing, Hunter was chosen elector for the district comprising Frederick and Berkeley counties (Willis F. Evans, History of Berkeley County, West Virginia [Martinsburg, W.Va., 1928], p. 232; Kennedy, Seldens of Virginia, II, 134, 135; Gwathmey, Historical Register of Virginians, p. 405; Tyler’s Quarterly description begins Tyler’s Quarterly Historical and Genealogical Magazine. description ends , III [1921–22], 31; CVSP description begins William P. Palmer et al., eds., Calendar of Virginia State Papers and Other Manuscripts (11 vols.; Richmond, 1875–93). description ends , VI, 134).

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