Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from James Madison, 10 December 1796

From James Madison

Decr. 10. 96

Dear Sir

Exitus in dubio is still the Motto to the election. You must reconcile yourself to the secondary as well as the primary station, if that should be your lot. The prevailing idea is that Pinkney will have the greatest number of votes: and I think that Adams will be most likely to stand next. There are other calculations however less favaroble to both. The answer to the President’s speech is in the hands of Ames, Sitgreaves Smith of Carola. Baldwin and myself—The form is not yet settled. There is a hope that it may be got into a form that will go down without altercation or division in the House. Yrs. sincerely

Js. M. Jr

RC (DLC: Madison Papers); endorsed by TJ as received from Philadelphia 24 Dec. 1796 and so recorded in SJL.

Exitus in Dubio: “His end is in doubt,” Ovid, Metamorphoses, 12.522.

Answer to the president’s speech: see Madison to TJ, 19 Dec. 1796.

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