1800.014: Circular Letter to Possible Federalist Presidential Electors.

Published: 1800

Full Title: Richmond, February [blank] 1800. Sir, The members of the late General Assembly opposed to a law of the last session which changes the ancient usage of this country in elections, by substituting, in the place of viva voce suffrage, a ballot by a general ticket, in the election of a president and vice president of the United States; perceiving that the acknowledged object of this alarming innovation, is to annihilate, in this instance, the rights of the minority as citizens on the United States, and thereby produce such a change in the government thereof ... In conformity with this plan, we address you, who are named in the 3d resolution for the county of Accomack with information that George Parker Esq. is upon the list of candidates for your district, and request a free communication upon the subject. By order of the Committee, at Richmond, William Austin, Secretary

Author: Federal Party of Virginia. Central Corresponding Committee at Richmond.

Place Issued: Richmond

Issuing Press: Uncertain

Description: 1 sheet [1 pg.]; 23 cm. x 19 cm. (broadside).


Only recorded copy, held by the Virginia Historical Society, has its blanks completed in manuscript for Accomack County, dated February 11th. Sheet lacks printer credit; this title was undoubtedly issued from either the press of William A. Rind or that of Augustine Davis, as both men were then key figures in Federalist circles in Richmond; however, a specific attribution to either is impracticable without more evidence.

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