Thomas Jefferson Papers

Joshua Stow to Thomas Jefferson, 20 September 1817

From Joshua Stow

Middletown, Connect Sept 20th 1817.


Our semi-annual election for the State Legislature, was held this week on monday; the result of which, is the compleat change of Connecticut.—Hierarchy and Aristocracy no longer rule this State.

In the House of Representatives, there will be about two republicans to one federalist, and the republican-ticket for the nomination of twenty persons (from whom the twelve who compose the Governors Council, forming the Senate of the State, must be chosen next April) is compleatly carried by a large and decided majority; of course, next May, all the legislative powers of the State, will be entirely in the hands of the friends to the General Government.

This change will be perminant!—Our joy is inexpressible!

I am, very respectfully Your obedient Servant

Joshua Stow

RC (MoSHi: TJC-BC); endorsed by TJ as received 29 Sept. 1817 and so recorded in SJL.

On this day Stow also sent a nearly identical letter to James Madison (Madison, Papers, Retirement Ser., 1:132–3).

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