Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Daniel Carroll Brent, 8 June 1802

From Daniel Carroll Brent

June 8, 1800 [i.e. 1802]


I take the liberty of announcing to you the issue of the election of yesterday—The votes stand thus. of those elected

1 Danieal Carroll 204
2 Geo: Blagden 202
3 James Barry 164
4 Will: Brent 157
5. Benjn. More 129
6 James Hoban 124
7. Nicholas King 124
8 Saml. H Smith 121.
9 Augt. B Woodard 123
10 Will Prout 120
11 Tho Peter 115
12 Jno Hewitt 98

In haste, yrs Respy

Daniel C. Brent

RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ: “Washington Common council.”

ELECTION OF YESTERDAY: under the 3 May 1802 act of Congress incorporating the city of Washington, the city council was to consist of 12 members elected annually on the first Monday of June. The votes were to be counted the following day in the presence of the district marshal (U.S. Statutes at Large description begins Richard Peters, ed., The Public Statutes at Large of the United States … 1789 to March 3, 1845, Boston, 1855–56, 8 vols. description ends , 2:195–7; Vol. 36:33). Results of the election were announced in the 9 June edition of the National Intelligencer, which identified Carroll, Blagden, More, King, Smith, and Hewitt as Republicans and added that “at least one, perhaps more of those which succeeded on the Federal ticket, are also Republican.”

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