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To Thomas Jefferson from Theodorus Bailey, 9 June 1804

From Theodorus Bailey

New York 9h. June 1804.


I have been honored with your note bearing the post-mark of the 4th inst, & covering a letter from Europe for a Mr. John Anderson, said to be of this City. On enquiry I find, there are four persons now resident here of that name: and a fifth, who has been a merchant in the City for several years past, has within a few days, sailed for Grenoch in Scotland, the place of his Nativity. The letter alluded to is I presume intended for the Gentleman last mentioned. I have not yet been able to see any of his friends; but my exertions will not be intermitted until the letter shall find it’s address; of which you will receive immediate information.

I do myself the pleasure to transmit under cover a statement of the result of the late Election for Governor &c in this State, taken from the actual canvass of the votes. This Event I conceive must have a happy effect upon the republican Cause generally throughout the Union. our republican fellow Citizens cannot therefore restrain their joyful exultations on this auspicious occasion.

With high Consideration & respect, I am Sir, your most Obedt. huml servt.

Theodorus Bailey

RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 11 June and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure: tally of votes in the New York State elections of April 1804, showing that in 32 counties, 52,968 votes were cast for governor, 30,829 of which were for Morgan Lewis and 22,139 for Aaron Burr, giving Lewis a majority of 8,690; of 52,175 votes cast for lieutenant governor, John Broome received 30,643 and Oliver Phelps 21,532, giving Broome a majority of 9,111; Bailey adding comments that “Mr. Burr had small Majorities, only in six, and Mr. Phelps, only in five of the above Thirty: two Counties”; that eight state senators “are elected by large Majorities. all republicans & Anti-Burrites”; that of the state assembly’s 100 members, “Two Burrites & 14 Federalists only are returned”; and that “Fifteen of the Seventeen Representatives to the next Congress are Republicans” (MS in same, TJ Papers, 140:24244; undated; entirely in Bailey’s hand; at head of text: “Result of the Election for Governor, Lieut. Govr. and Senators in the State of New York”).

The note from TJ to Bailey of about 4 June has not been found, nor is one recorded in SJL. For the inquiries regarding New York City merchant john anderson, see Charles Philip, Baron de Hanstein, to TJ, 6 Feb. 1804, and Christiana de Hanstein to TJ, 22 June 1804.

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