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Davenport, John (d. 1830)) to: William Beers

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC08597 Author/Creator: Davenport, John (d. 1830)) Place Written: Washington Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1800/12/15 Pagination: 3 p. + ff

Election of 1800, Jefferson, Burr

Notes: On the first page is attached a printed extract that reads: "Davenport, John. - He was born in Connecticut; graduated at Yale College in 1770; was a tutor in that College in 1773-'74; and a Representative in Congress, from Connecticut, from 1799 to 1817. He died in 1830."

Washington Decemr. 15th 1800

Dear Sir
Your favor of the 21st Ult[i]mo is received. I have attended to the subject of it; and believe all exertions will be fruitless to prove any thing more than has been already proved to substantiate my claim to Lot No. 12. Manlius. I shared no pains last Spring during the time Mr. Ledyard was in New York, to find Thorpe & Doc. Buchanan and Therly I found living in New York but they could neither of them identify Adam Corby, although they were Witnesses to his deed to Fisher. I will write to my friend in New York, and also to Mr. Vredenburg, and make one more attempt to learn whether these persons are in existence & where they are. [2] I should be glad that Mr. Ledyard would take the Deed with him that you refer to in your letter; but not with an expectation that I shall pay him any more money. I am not disposed to gratify any man in the kind of oppression he exercised in the demand he made for the trifling service he did, without any advantage to me.
I shall desire Mr. William Fitch to attend to the business for me in New York, and would request Mr. Ledyard to call upon him for information.
Mr. Jefferson is undoubtedly elected President; and Aaron Burr probably V.P. It is calculated by some gentlemen that [3] Burr & Pinckney will have an equal number of votes; but from all I can learn I think the chance is in favor of Burr & that he is chosen. That which the enemies of the Washington administration have been labouring earnestly for, twelve years past is now accomplished. It is a subject I am willing to dismiss.
I am dear Sir with respectful [illegible]
to Mr. Beers,
your friend & kinsman
John Davenport
Wm Beers Esquire

Free J Davenport
William P. Beers Esquire
State New York
John Davenport
Dec. 25. 1800

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