To James Madison
Philadelphia June 10. 1792.
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The poll of the N.Y. election stood the day before yesterday thus. General Schuyler1 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 and my self 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.—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. Yours affectionately
RC (DLC: Madison Papers); unsigned; at head of text: “No. 3”; at foot of text: “Mr. Madison.” PrC (DLC). Tr (DLC); 19th-century copy.
The letter TJ referred to was that of 23 May 1792 to President Washington. R.M.: Senator Robert Morris of Pennsylvania. For a discussion of the disputed New York gubernatorial election between George Clinton and John Jay, see Mary-Jo Kline and others, eds., Political Correspondence and Public Papers of Aaron Burr, 2 vols. (Princeton, 1983), i, 106–17.
1. Word interlined in place of “Clinton.”