Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Gideon Granger, 28 September 1802

From Gideon Granger

Suffield Septr. 28. 1802

Dr Sir.

Our Elections are passed and altho the Tories will have a handsome majority yet their Infamous falshoods notwithstanding we have certainly gained upon them. I have a return from Thirty Nine Towns who return 73 members—we have Thirty nine members—They 34—last may—They had 46—we 27. I have This moment examined an additional list. There are many new names—but I can perceive, among those I know an Increase of Three or four in our favor. I have visited my friends in Hamp: Co. Ms. In that State I think we may calculate upon 7 members of Congress—have an even chance for the eighth—and one not desperate for the Ninth. I shall visit Boston shortly—on my return I will communicate Such Information as I shall acquire.

With great Esteem your friend

Gidn Granger

RC (DLC); at foot of text: “The Presidt. of the United States”; endorsed by TJ as received 5 Oct. and so recorded in SJL.

Massachusetts elected seven Republicans and ten Federalists to the Eighth congress (Biog. Dir. Cong. description begins Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774–1989, Washington, D.C., 1989 description ends ).

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