Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Stevens Thomson Mason, 5 September 1800

From Stevens Thomson Mason

Rasberry Plain Septr: 5th 1800

Dear Sir

I recd yours of the 10th Ulto with the Enclosure. I some time ago sent you some Peruvian winter-grass by post; it was certainly as justifiable that you should receive it under your privelege of franking as that Connecticut shirts and leather breeches should be sent home to wash under the same privilege. The contest in Maryland is very warm. I think they will get a republican House of Delegates. the people are every where much roused at the meditated attempt to take from them the right of voting for Electors all the Aristocrats of Geo Town & the City of Washington are embodied agt my brother. I believe he will defeat them, tho’ he is himself very doubtful of it. he writes me however that tho’ he may probably lose his own election he shall get in two out of four agt changing the mode of election. their whole push is at him and he says that they lie with so much address and industry that he is fearful he shall not be able to counteract them. he spares no pains but he has a Host to contend with and but little assistance when ever he can bring them forth to public discussion (of which they are extremely shy) he gets the better of them. they seem now to depend upon circulating in private political misrepresentation and the most unfounded personal slander, there is scarce a County in the State in which he would have had such hardy Combatants.—J F Mercer is said to be very secure in his Election. can you believe that […] will give a republican Vote? yet some good calculators count upon the whole of the Votes of that State in our favor. I confess I want faith. I am Dear Sir with great respect & regard

Your Friend & Servt

Stes. Thon. Mason

PS What are the accounts or expectations from N Carolina?

RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 11 Sep. and so recorded in SJL.

I recd yours: TJ’s letter to Mason of 10 Aug., recorded in SJL, has not been found. According to TJ’s financial records, the Enclosure was a draft on John Barnes in favor of Mason for $100. On 6 Aug. TJ received $75 from Peter Carr to be forwarded to Mason, to which TJ added $10 for Wilson Cary Nicholas, $5 for Madison, and $10 for himself to be part of the subscription for Charles Holt (MB description begins James A. Bear, Jr., and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767–1826, Princeton, 1997, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , 2:1024; Mason to TJ, 11 July 1800).

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