Newport Nov: 3d 1804
As one of the representatives from this town in the General Assembly of this State, I take the liberty to address you on the subject of Mr Ellery, our present Senator, I was not at the last Session of the General Assembly owing to professional avocations and I regret extremely that I was not, that at least, I might have given the Testimony of my vote against the Injustice that has been done him. In my opinion Mr Ellery had every title a man could have to the support of every republican in the Assembly. I disapprove of the measures taken & objections made to his re’election, & join in the remonstrance of many of the representatives of the State in recommending him to the office of Collector in this District.
I am respectfully Your Friend
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.