From Thomas Jefferson
Washington Feb. 12. 1801. 7. A.M.
Th: J. to Jas. Madison.
The H. of R. has been in conclave ever since 2. oclock yesterday. At 10. P.M. 17 ballots had been tried, & were invariably 8. 6. & 2 divided. I have not heard from the Capitol this morning. I can venture nothing more by the post but my affectionate salutations, to yourself & mrs. Madison.
P. S. 1. P.M. The H. of R. suspended the balloting from 7. to 12. this morning, & after trying a few more balots with the same effect, suspended it again till 11. A.M. tomorrow.
RC (DLC: Rives Collection, Madison Papers); FC (DLC: Jefferson Papers). RC franked and addressed by Jefferson to JM “near Orange C. H.” FC headed “Th: J. to P. N. Nicholas.” A list of apparent addressees on the FC includes (besides JM and Nicholas) “M. Page / J. Page / Govr. Monroe / J. W. Eppes. / TMR. [Thomas Mann Randolph] / Colo N. Lewis / P. Carr / Dr. Bache / Arch. Stuart.” Jefferson noted opposite the list of names, “with a copy of Payne’s Compact Maritime.” Postscript not on FC. Minor variations between RC and FC have not been noted.