1801.013: Campaign Circular from John Clopton of New-Kent.

Published: 1801

Full Title: To the citizens of Henrico, Hanover, New-Kent, Charles-City, and James-City. Fellow-citizens, In continuing to offer myself a candidate for the ensuing election of a representative ... for this district ... John Clopton. New-Kent, March 30th, 1801.

Author: Clopton, John (1756-1816).

Place Issued: Richmond

Issuing Press: Uncertain

Description: 1 sheet [1 pg.]; 30 cm. x 19 cm. (broadside).


Circular from Clopton seeking reelection to the U.S. Congress; he served continuously there from the 4th Congress (1795-96) until his death at the end of the 14th Congress (1815-16). Sheet lacks colophon. Although signed "New Kent," where he owned a plantation at Tunstall, this letter is undoubtedly a Richmond imprint; Clopton was part of the Republican leadership circle there, and his congressional district encompassed the city of Richmond; moreover, no press was in operation in New Kent at this time. The press he employed was probably that of Samuel Pleasants, then the primary job printer in Richmond, and a key part of the Republican leadership himself; however, the possibility that this issued from the press of Meriwether Jones, the Republican public printer, cannot be excluded, so the indeterminacy here.

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