1806.043: Address to Freeholders of 10th Congressional District by John Mercer.
Full Title: To the freeholders of the Congressional district composed of the counties of Spotsylvania, Orange, Louisa and Madison. Fellow citizens, In compliance with the wishes of some of the inhabitants of the district, I inform you of my intention to become a candidate for your suffrages at the election to be held in April next ... John Mercer, May 3d, 1806.
Author: Mercer, John (1788-1848).
Place Issued: Fredericksburg
Issuing Press: Timothy Green
Description: 1 sheet [1 pg.]; 23 cm. x 19 cm. (broadside).
Herein, Mercer announced a challenge to the incumbent representative John Dawson (1762-1814), a stalwart of Madison's faction of the Republican Party, and a friend who had been elected to Congress in Madison's place in 1797; a Tertium Quid like John Taylor of nearby Caroline (conservative Republicans), Mercer was handily defeated in this 1806 election. Sheet lacks colophon; as Fredericksburg was the town proximate to Mercer's Spotsylvania residence, that town was most likely the place of publication; from spring 1805 through early 1811, Timothy Green conducted the only printing office there, hence the attribution here.
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