Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to the Supervisors of the Excise, 4 March 1791

To the Supervisors of the Excise

Philadelphia March 4. 1791.


The President of the United States desiring to avail the public of your services as Supervisor for the District of  I have now the honor of enclosing you the Commission, and of expressing to you the sentiments of perfect esteem with which I am Sir &c.

Th: Jefferson

FC (DNA: RG 59, PCC No. 120); at head of text: “(Circular).” Not recorded in SJL or SJPL. A form of the enclosed commission with a list of the supervisors and their districts attached is in DLC: Washington Papers, with a note by Remsen, who drew the form and the list, that commissions were issued 4 Mch. 1791 to the following: Joshua Wentworth for New Hampshire; Nathaniel Gorham for Massachusetts; John S. Dexter for Rhode Island; John Chester for Connecticut; Noah Smith for Vermont; William S. Smith for New York; Aaron Dunham for New Jersey; George Clymer for Pennsylvania; Henry Latimer for Delaware; George Gale for Maryland; Edward Carrington for Virginia; William Polk for North Carolina; Daniel Stevens for South Carolina; and John Mathews for Georgia (Tr also in DNA: ML/179). These nominations were presented at the convened session of the Senate on 4 Mch. 1791 and were confirmed the same day (JEP, description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States … to the Termination of the Nineteenth Congress, Washington, 1828 description ends i, 80–2).

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