27th: January 1801
I thank you for your letter of the 23d: which came to hand this forenoon, & informed me of the rejection of the Convention—I suppose the Senate, since they have begun to shew their teeth, will continue to be surly, but I do not think they will negative the appointment of Genl: Marshall, as Ch: Justice—It is thought by some people I know, that Mr: Patterson was the most prominent character for the Ch: Justiceship but no body disapproves, on other grounds, the nomination of Mr: M—Mr. Stockton’s nomination was a surprize, but it might be a question, whether any body would accept the office on such fluctuating conditions as those on which it rests.
I have heard but few opinions expressed on the subject of the non-ratification—Let me know what sensation it produced with you—The burning of the Treasury Office causes some murmuring—You see how the Aurora speaks of it.
I wish you to give me the earliest information in your power, as you have done generally hitherto, of nominations & the passage of Bills—
Enclosed, you have Manlius No 8 and Fabius in reply—The business is, I presume, now at an end, and we shall have no more discussion of a dead letter—
I have sent you several setts of the P. folio, for your distribution—I send you another with this—Your lines of the 20th: came to hand—
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MWA: Adams Papers.