James Madison Papers

To James Madison from John Dawson, 28 July 1800

From John Dawson

Hager’s town. July 28. 1800.


On the first monday in October the legislature of this state is to be chosen, & the contest in all the counties is uncommonly warm, it being understood, that shoud they obtain a majority, which I think more than probable, they will be immediately calld together, for the purpose of appointing electors of president themselves—this will give the whole vote to Adams & Pinckney & will endanger the prospect which otherwise we have before us.

Under this view what ought N. Carolina to do? Ought she not to play the same game, & therebby [sic] place herself on an equall footing, & not loose the weight which she ought to have in the Election?

I submit this to you, as a cons[i]deration worthy the attention of all who wish for the Election of Mr. Jefferson—& am confident, if you can with propriety you will drop a hint to some friend in that state.

I shall be in Fredericksburg early in Sepr.—& hope to be at your court in that month—this I will thank you to make known to the Messrs Taylors, for whom I shall [have] some land patents. With much Esteem, Your friend

J Dawson

RC (DLC). Docketed by JM. Upper lefthand corner, including salutation, has been clipped.

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