Spring 1791-Left Dover early this morning heading towards New York. Having been selected to fill the vacant seat in the House of Representatives I am determined to do right by the people of Delaware. I shall miss my wife and children, but the destiny of our nation is calling and it is time to get to work.
Spring 1791-Just sponsored my first bill of the new session of Congress. The bill would create a federal department of the Interior to oversee resource development and Native relations between the U.S. and the first people. I strongly believe that if we had this department earlier the attacks of last year by the Seminoles would not have been as bad. We need to reach out to our neighbors. This bill will do that.
Spring 1791-Our coalition with the Republicans does not seem to be working well. We were defeated in the election of a Speaker of the House. This sets back our plans tremendously in terms of seeking legislation and bringing up our ideas. It seems that if the National Democratic Party wishes to remain viable we may have to look outside of Congress for that.
Spring 1791-Just filed a bill to bring Kentucky into the Union. We must grow our great nation and Kentucky will be a wonderful addition to our family to freedom. Some may dispute her entry due to her slave holding nature, but I firmly believe that with the addition of Vermont last session we are more than able to add a slave state. Let us hope this bill moves quickly.
Fall 1791-Kentucky Statehood Act seems likely to pass quickly through the House. With the support of the Federalists we should be able to easily pass the legislation. I hope that my Department of the Interiors Bill receives a decent hearing as well.
Fall 1791-Just wrote to President Washington in support of Mr. Hughes for Vice President. I strongly believe that we need a valuable Vice President and I believe firmly that Mr. Hughes will provide the example that we need. Hopefully the President will respond post haste and appoint Mr. Hughes.
Spring 1792-Increasingly frustrated over the capital discussion. I do not believe that it should be in New York. It will divide the states and should be much closer to the middle of the nation. Maryland is a much more logical pick.
Spring 1792-The President responded to my letter. Unfortunately Mr. Hughes will not be nominated by the President for the Vice Presidency. Though with an election soon perhaps we shall run a good ticket with Mr. Hughes onboard.
Spring 1792-I have decided that I shall run for Governor of Delaware. My home state suffers under an anemic economy and we need a steady hand at the rudder. And I believe that the National Democrats can do more outside Washington than in at this time. Let us see what we shall see.