James Madison Papers

From James Madison to Thomas Jefferson, 27 April 1800

To Thomas Jefferson

Apl. 27. 1800

Dear Sir

My last acknowledged yours by Christ: McPherson. I have nothing new to add, but the accts. I have from the elections in a few neighboring Counties. In this Davis & Barbour have succeeded: in the adjoing one, Hill & Early: In Louisa Yancy & Garland Anderson Jr—in Culpeper the two former ones. You will probably learn from Albemarle that F. Walker & a Mr. Garland have prevailed agst. Woods & Brown.1 If the whole state bears any likeness to the above sample of it, the patrons of usurpation & aristocracy will have little encouragement in this quarter. I am sorry that I am not to have the pleasure of seeing you on your way home. I wish nevertheless that you will be good eno’ take charge of the money, if any should be obtained for me before you set out. Should Mr. W. Nicholas intend me the pleasure of calling, he would be a good hand to hasten its receipt. Yrs. affely.

Js. Madison Jr

RC (DLC). Docketed by Jefferson, “recd. May ⟨2⟩.”

1In the election for the 1800–1801 session of the Virginia House of Delegates, Orange County returned Isaac Davis, Jr., and James Barbour; in Madison County, Henry Hill and Passhall Early; in Louisa County, Robert Yancey and Garland Anderson; and in Culpeper County, Moses Green and John Roberts. In Albemarle County, Francis Walker and Edward Garland defeated William Woods and a Mr. Brown. This latter was probably Benjamin Brown, a Federalist justice of the peace in Albemarle County (Swem and Williams, Register description begins Earl G. Swem and John W. Williams, eds., A Register of the General Assembly of Virginia, 1776–1918, and of the Constitutional Conventions (Richmond, 1918). description ends , pp. 55–56; Richmond Va. Argus, 15 June 1798).

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