Madison for President
Oct. 31, 1812
William Pelham was 53 years old when this was written.
The recipient, Joseph Gale, was 26 when it was received.
William Pelham died 14 years, 3 months, 3 days after writing this.
It was written 207 years, 17 days ago.
It was a Saturday.
Oct 31, 1812
Mr. Joseph Gales, Jr.
As the term of my subscription has nearly expired, I haste to remit the customary advance for another year, lest any delay shld. deprive me of the satisfaction I have enjoyed in the perusal of your patriotic, temperate, and dignified publications. You will doubtless perceive with pleasure, the result of the electoral election, which was closed about midnight.
I understand there will be a large majority for Madison & Gerry. It was the most animated election I ever saw and notwithstanding the immense crowd on the election ground, the day was not disgraced by no tumult or riot.
Americanism is here triumphant, while Britishism scarcely dares to make its appearance. When Congress meets, the friends of the government will be most painfully disappointed if some measures are not adopted to check the presses devoted to the enemy.
I am sir, very respectfully your fellow citizen,
5 dollar bill enclosed