1816.054: Address of John B. Clopton to Voters in 23rd Congressional District.
Full Title: To the freeholders of the Congressional district composed of the counties of Hanover, Henrico, New-Kent, Charles City, and the city of Richmond. Having offered myself to your consideration as a candidate to supply the vacancy occasioned in the representation of your district by the death of my lamented father, I deem it necessary to make a public avowal of my principles ... John B. Clopton. October 9th, 1816.
Author: Clopton, John Bacon (1789/90-1860).
Place Issued: Richmond
Issuing Press: Uncertain
Description: 1 sheet [1 pg.]; 31 cm. x 19 cm. (broadside).
Clopton's father died September 11, 1816, leading to a special election that November for the congressional seat he had held since 1801; his earnest appeal to voters in this district fell far short, placing a distant third in a race of three Republicans; John Tyler, then a Councilor of State, narrowly defeated Andrew Stevenson, the Speaker of the House of Delegates. Sheet lacks colophon; with Richmond a part of this district, this letter was certainly published there; however, the text does not indicate the issuing press, so the indeterminacy here.