HARTFORD, BY HUDSON & GOODWIN, OPPOSITE THE NORTH MEETING-HOUSE
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 19, 1800
BOSTON, December 13.
From WASHINGTON, December 11.
Subjoined is a list of the Electors actually chosen in South Carolina, all of whom will vote for Messrs. Jefferson and Burr [*list omitted as it had already been published.] The candidate on the federal list who had the highest number of votes was Gen. Washington, the relation and fellow-soldier of our late illustrious Chief, and one of the deliverers of South Carolina. He had sixty-nine votes -- it will follow of course that the Legislature will choose a democratic Senator, and probably the Governor will be of the same politics. Thus is this important question, and thus perhaps is the fate of our Government decided. It is uneccessary to communicate all those reflections which crowd upon the mind of every friend to our federal Government. That the influence of New England in the Councils of the Union will now be lost, at least for a period, is sufficiently apparent. Whether anarchy, convultions, a prostration of national credit, a reversal of all those measures which have given us dignity among nations; want of confidence, contempt abroad, a foreign war; and civil war will be consequent upon this change, depend entirely upon the force of the impulse which some of the partizans of the new administration may communicate to its measures. It is, however, our duty not to despond, but patiently to wait the event of things. Should the new administration adhere to the principles which have made us prosperous and happy, they will become federalists in fact, and the change will only exhibit the versatility and ingratitude of a people towards old friends and faithful servants, without any other consequence. Good men may secretly repine that Adams, Jay, Ellsworth, Pinckney, and other Patriots of the revolution, are forced into retirement, still if principles are preserved and the interests of the nation promoted, we must like good citizens support the constituted authorities. But we can hardly flatter ourselves with these agreeable results; we cannot expect that where all the measures of government have been the theme of invective, opposition will have the magnanimity to change its tone and pursue the same course. Expectations have been raised which must be gratified, promises have been made which must be fulfilled -- To refrain from innovation, will be to approve of the present administration and to condemn the violence of its adversaries. There is one consolation, to which the friends of Messrs. Adams and Pinckney are entitled -- The honor with which they have observed their compact. To my certain knowledge it was in the power of Gen. Pinckney's friends to have compromised with Mr. Jefferson's friends, and to have had an equal vote with him. It was with great reluctance he was given up, but he and his friends rejected this compromise with the [copy illegible]. It is also equally certain that Mr. Adams declared, when the event of the election was still doubtful, that if Mr. Pinckney succeeded, he should receive his zealous and cordial support, and that all federal men were bound to concur in maintaining his administration.
This mutual experience of honor and fidelity cannot fail to produce the happiest effects on future occasions. This league of talents and virtue, founded in patriotism and preserved with good faith, will be a resource in tempestuous seasons, that will yet preserve our country.
| -- Mr. Jefferson will succeed to the Presidency
under favorable circumstances, which, though attributed entirely to the
existing government, will, by the undistinguishing voice of those who
examine nothing, but decide everything, be ascribed to him and his adherents
-- The surplus of revenue for the present year will be two millions
of dollars, the whole of which may not be exhibited until after his
accession. The land tax has become unnecessary; he will have the credit
of its abolition -- Commercial advantages will result from a renewed intercourse
with France; he will claim the merit of it.-- To all this we must patiently
submit, and we will cheerfully submit, if these advantages are preserved
by wise measures.
The Honorable OLIVER ELLSWORTH, Esq. has resigned his office of Chief Justice of the United States. His Excellency, Governor JAY, we hear, has been [nominated?] by the President to succeed him in that office.
of the Brig Heroine, to his owner in this City, dated St. Piere, Nov. 28.
"On the 21st November fell in with two English Letters of Marque, under the command of Capt. Findley, in the Ship Caroline, of Liverpool, of 22 guns, who very politely offered me his protection to his port, altho' it was 60 miles out of his way, which I gladly accepted of. On the next day fell in with a French privateer of 10 guns and 120 men, who received a decent flogging and sheered off. I feel myself under the greatest obligation to Capt. Findley, through whose politeness I have saved my vessel, and request that you would cause this act of generosity to be made public."
paper called the Times, printed at Alexandria, in Virginia on the 15th
inst. contains the following important article.
A letter from Captain Shaw, of the United States schooner Enterprize, of 12 guns, to a friend in
Baltimore, dated Philadelphia Dec. 12, after mentioning the return of health, which adh suffered from a West-India climate, says, "I am happy to inform you of my good success in the West Indies -- I have in my last cruise taken 13 sail of vessels, made 300 French prisoners, killed and wounded 61 men, taken 42 pieces of artillery and 180 stand of musquetry--which is really more than I could have contemplated."
After a period
of twelve years, the administration of our government will soon be put
into the hands of men supposed to be, at least in many respects, of
different principles from their predecessors. What the new administration
will be, and what the conduct of all parties, is a subject of much curiosity
and of great importance.