From Benjamin Williams
Raleigh December 5th. 1800
Permit me to introduce to your Notice William Tate Esqr. late an Elector to vote for a President & Vice President of the U.S. who goes charged with the Vote of that Body to you, & to assure you of the great Respect & Esteem of
Sir your Obt. Servt.
RC (DLC); at foot of text: “Thomas Jefferson Esquire Vice President of the United States”; endorsed by TJ as received 12 Dec. and so recorded in SJL.
Benjamin Williams (1751–1814), described as a “mild Federalist,” served as congressman from North Carolina during the Third Congress and as the state’s governor from 1799 to 1802 and again from 1807 to 1808 (Biog. Dir. Cong.; Gilpatrick, Jeffersonian Democracy in North Carolina description begins Delbert Harold Gilpatrick, Jeffersonian Democracy in North Carolina, 1789–1816, New York, 1931 description ends , 107, 132).