II. To James Madison
Washington Feb. 12. 1801. 7. A.M.
Th:J. to Jas. Madison.
The H. of R. has been in conclave ever since 2. aclock yesterday. at 10. P.M. 17 ballots had been tried, & were invariably 8. 6. & 2 divided. I have not heard from the Capitol this morning1 I can venture nothing more by the post but my affectionate salutations,2 to yourself & mrs Madison.
P.S. 1. P.M. the H. of R. suspended the balloting from 7. to 12. this morning, & after trying a few more balots with the same effect, suspended it again till 11. A.M. tomorrow.
RC (DLC: Madison Papers, Rives Collection); addressed: “James Madison junr. near Orange C.H”; franked and postmarked.
1. Sentence interlined.
2. TJ originally ended the sentence here with a period.