From Andrew Ellicott
Philadelphia December 21st. 1800
Among all those who will address you upon the fortunate issue of the late election for President, and V.P. of the U.S. (an event equally propitious, both to liberty, and science,) no one will do it with more sincerity, and friendship than myself,—and with that sincerity, and friendship, I join my fellow citizens in congratulating you, on your being called by the voice of your country to fill the most important office it can bestow.1
I intend being at the City of Washington some time next month, and shall take with me the whole of my correspondence, official, and otherwise during my absence to the southward; together with my journal, and astronomical observations: likewise a map of the Mississippi River from the mouth of the Ohio, down to the mouth of Willings bayou, which is a few miles below the line, with the maps of several other rivers of considerable importance to our country,2 tho at present but little known.
I am sir with all due respect your friend and Hbl. Servt.
RC (DLC); at foot of text: “T. Jefferson V.P. U.S. and President of the Senate”; endorsed by TJ as received 25 Dec. and so recorded in SJL. Dft (DLC: Ellicott Papers). Enclosed in Ellicott to TJ, 23 Dec. 1800.
1. Here in Dft Ellicott continued: “No political event since our revolution has in my opinion been equally important and in no one has my feelings been equally interested—I went to Lancaster (where I met Genl. Irvine) a few days before the commencement of the present session of our Legislature where we continued till the compromise became inevitable using every argument we could suggest with some members of the <opposition> majority in the Senate but to no purpose.—I then returned home and thought the event so doubtful that I <came to a determination to leave the City and retire into the country—and began to make my arrangements> scarcly went out of my house except to carry a paragraph or two once or twice a week for Duane’s paper—till the fate of the election for electors in South Carolina was known.”
2. Dft ends here.