|Sir||Philada Novr 16th 1796|
After our agreeable journey we arrived here in the midst of Election, and by lies abuse & bribery the disorganizers will carry their ticket thro the State. This I supposed with the efforts of Massachusetts Jacobins would have given Jefferson the vote. But old Samuels defeat which I think but a prelude to his overthrow, has revived [m]y hopes. The No of Votes 138, 70 makes a Majority—
I count on N H. 6 up —51
Mass—16 N. Jersey—7
R Island—4 Virginia—3 some say 5
Connet—9 S Carolina—4
51 N Carolina—2
Maryland 5 some say 6
This gives 6 votes to spare, and which tis not supposeable Jefferson can obtain. I presume further that these 76 contain 7/8ths the honesty & property, & 4/5ths. of the good sense of the Nation—
Ben. Beach informs us that the functions of the French Minister cease from this time. This altho Beach says it may be true. Perhaps ’tis only a prelude to a new appointment, or an attempt to bully us into a quarrel, or preparatory to hostilities. Every thing has been done by our patriots to embroil us with France, and they can by no means be charged with remissness if they do not succeed. I hope & pray however for the peace of our Jerusalem.
The President US is in Town with Mrs Washington. They made kind enquiries after you and Mrs Adams, & appear to contemplate retirement with pleasure. After such a scene of anxiety & labour and at their time of life I dont wonder at it.
Your friends hope you will be here early in the Session as it will inevitably be a short one. The town is quite healthy, altho the weather is mild, & the drought sharp beyond any thing known at any season of the year.
Mrs Otis & Miss Harriet join in respects to yourself & lady.
I have the honor to be / Sir / Your most obedent / humble Sert
Sam A. Otis.