Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Thomas Leiper, 16 October 1800

From Thomas Leiper

Philada. Octr. 16th. 1800

Dear Sir

I wrote you by last Post an answer to yours of the 26th. Ult: to which I refer—The Aurora of this day will inform you That we have carried our Member of Congress—Captain Jones—our State Senator John Pearson and Sheriff Israel Israel and one Member Samuel Wetheral for the Assembly—The old member Barton of Lancaster is returned against us but Bucks has given us Mr Rodman in our favor which is taking Two from them and giving Two to us in the Senate. Mr Dallas informs me he has information from every county in the State and says all is right—Pittsburg the Philadelphia of the West have carried their inspectors—

Inclosed you have the Governors Proclamation for a Call of the Assembly—This Proclamation has been sent to their proper places some time and there is no doubt but the Assembly will meet at the time appointed—It was observed that a number of Old Quakers did not come forward and give their votes if they had we should have lost our Member of Congress—I am with much esteem

Dear Sir Your most Obedient St.

Thomas Leiper

RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 3 Nov. and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure not found, but see below.

The 16 Oct. issue of the Aurora announced the Republican victories in the 14 Oct. Pennsylvania election, including Captain William Jones as a congressman for Philadelphia, John Pearson of Darby as senator representing Philadelphia and Delaware County, Israel Israel as sheriff, and Samuel Wetherill of Philadelphia as assemblyman. Matthias Barton, a Federalist from Lancaster, was reelected to the state senate in 1800 while Republican William Rodman took the Senate seat representing Chester, Bucks, and Montgomery counties (Tinkcom, Republicans and Federalists, description begins Harry Marlin Tinkcom, The Republicans and Federalists in Pennsylvania 1790–1801: A Study in National Stimulus and Local Response, Harrisburg, 1950 description ends 246–7, 321).

Governors proclamation for a call of the assembly: on 18 Oct. Governor Thomas McKean convoked a special session of the General Assembly on 5 Nov. in Lancaster for the purpose of choosing presidential electors (Samuel Hazard and others, eds., Pennsylvania Archives. Selected and Arranged from Original Documents in the Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth, 119 vols. [Harrisburg, 1852–1935], 4th ser., 4:452–3; Vol. 31:419).

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