From Fontaine Maury
(A true Copy)
By Express from the City of Washington to the Editor of the Times!!
This Moment the Election is Decided. Morris from Vermont absented himself, so that Vermont was for Jefferson—the four Members that had voted for Burr from Maryland put in Blank Ticketts—the result was then Ten for Jefferson. I hope you will have the Cannon out to announce the News. Yours——
N.B. This was the second Ballot today. Bayard is appointed Ambassador to France.
Fredg. Thursday Evening Four OClock
Feby. 19. 1801
I wrote you yesterday and added a postscript at one oClock today.1 The foregoing is a Copy of a Hand Bill brought this Moment by an Express on his way to Governor Monroe. I rejoice with you and remain truly your Friend &C
The Cannon is in Fifty Yards of Me announcing this Glorious News to the Neighbourhood.
1. Letter not found.
2. Another letter from Fontaine Maury dated 19 Feb. 1801 at four o’clock is also in the Madison Papers, Library of Congress: “I wrote you today by your Man and now have the pleasure to assure You that the Voice of the People has at last been Obeyed. Morris of Vermont absented himself at the 2nd Ballot on Tuesday, and the 4 Black Sheep of Maryland, then put in Blank Ticketts, which gives Jefferson Ten Votes. I rejoice with you all.”