To all who shall see these presents, Greeting:
Know ye, That reposing special Trust and Confidence in the Integrity, skill and Diligence of William Cranch Esqr. of Maryland, I do in pursuance of the powers vested in me, by the Act entituled “An act for establishing the Temporary and Permanent Seat of the Government of the United States” hereby appoint <
[. . .]> the said William Cranch one of the Commissioners for Surveying the District of Territory accepted by the said Act for the permanent Seat of the Government of the United States and for performing such other offices as by law are directed, with full authority to proceed therein according to Law; and to Have and to Hold the said Office with all the powers, privileges, and authorities to the same of Right appertaining during the pleasure of the President of the United States for the time being.
In Testimony whereof, I have caused these Letters to be made Patent, and the Seal of the United States to be hereunto affixed. Given under my Hand at the City of Washington, the Eighth day of January, in the year of our Lord one Thousand Eight hundred and one, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the Twenty Fifth.
By the President,
Secretary of State.
DNA: RG 59—Miscellaneous Permanent and Temporary Presidential Commissions.