"A quorum of the House of Delegates, being formed, they proceeded to the choice of their officers: Edmund Harrison and John Mercer, Esquires being nominated as Speakers, there appeared 71 votes in favour of the former and 55 for the latter." The Virginia Argus (Richmond, VA). December 8, 1802.
"Richmond, December 8...On Monday last, the House of Delegates of this commonwealth formed a quorum: Mr. Barbour nominated Mr. John Mercer as a fit character to fill the chair ~ Mr. Prunty nominated Mr. Edmund Harrison as a person equally well qualified for that office; both these gentlemen have been uniformly on the republican side of the question. On examining the ballots, the votes were-- For Mr. E. Harrison, 71, For Mr. J. Mercer, 53." The Aurora. General Advertiser (Philadelphia, PA). December 17, 1802.
The Petersburg Intelligencer (Petersburg, VA) lists James Pleasants, Jr. as the losing candidate in this election. Pleasants was elected Clerk of the House of Delegates.
The Virginia Argus (Richmond, VA). December 8, 1802.
The Petersburg Intelligencer (Petersburg, VA). December 10, 1802.
The Aurora. General Advertiser (Philadelphia, PA). December 17, 1802.
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