To James Madison

The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Volume 32: 1 June 1800 to 16 February 1801
(Princeton University Press, 2005), 579
Washington Feb. 12. 1801. 7. A.M.

Th:J. to Jas. Madison.

The H. of R. has been in conclave ever since 2. aclock 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.[1] I can venture nothing more by the post but my affectionate salutations,[2] 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: Madison Papers, Rives Collection); addressed: “James Madison junr. near Orange C.H”; franked and postmarked.

[1]Sentence interlined.

[2] TJ originally ended the sentence here with a period.