Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from John Hoomes, 9 December 1800

From John Hoomes

Bowling Green Decemr. 9th. 1800

Dear Sir

I have this moment red. a letter from Colo. Wade Hampton dated Columbia Decer. 2d. 1800, after the electors were chosen for S. Carolina, & I have the unbounded pleasure to inform you that yourself & Mr. Burr will get every vote there (so Colo. Hampton writes me) Inclosed is the list of the electors; Mr. Thos. Pinkney is now here, has seen the list & he declares them all in the opposition. I congratulate you most cordially, & rejoice very heartily with all the friends of liberty every where

I am dear Sir with real respect yr. Hble St

John Hoomes

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 13 Dec. and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure not found, but for a list of votes for electors, see Peter Freneau to TJ 2 Dec.

Col. John Hoomes (1749–1805), a wealthy Virginia planter and businessman, was Bowling Green postmaster and contractor for carrying the mail from 1790 to 1796. He represented Caroline County in the Virginia House of Delegates from 1791 to 1795 and Hanover and Caroline counties in the Virginia Senate from 1796 to 1803 (Ralph Emmett Fall, People, Postoffices and Communities in Caroline County, Virginia, 1727–1969 [Roswell, Ga., 1989], 18, 19, 36; “Will of Col. John Hoomes,” VMHB description begins Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, 1893– description ends , 38 [1930], 74–9; Latrobe, Virginia Journals description begins Edward C. Carter II and others, eds., The Virginia Journals of Benjamin Henry Latrobe, 1795–1798, New Haven, 1977, 2 vols. description ends , 2:543; Ralph Emmett Fall, Historical Record of Bowling Green [County Seat of Caroline County, Virginia] 1667–1970 [Bowling Green, Va., 1970], 30, 32; Richmond Enquirer, 27 Dec. 1805).

A letter from Hoomes to TJ written at Bowling Green on 25 Mch. 1800 and recorded in SJL as received 4 Apr., has not been found.

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