United States May 3d. 1798—
Gentlemen of the Senate—
His Excellency John Jay Esquire Governor of New York, has informed me, that the Oneida Tribe of Indians, have proposed to sell a part of their Land to the said state, and that the Legislature at their late session, authorized the purchase; and to accomplish this object, the Governor, has desired that a Commissioner, may be appointed to hold a Treaty with the Oneida Tribe of Indians, at which the Agents of the state of New York, may agree with them, on the terms of the purchase—
I therefore nominate Joseph Hopkinson Esquire of Pensylvania to be the Commissioner to hold a Treaty with the said Oneida tribe of Indians for the purpose above mentioned
DNA: RG 46—Records of the U.S. Senate.