Thomas Jefferson Papers

Notes on Executive Departments, [after 21 March 1790]

Notes on Executive Departments

[after 21 Mch. 1790]

Departmt. of War. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . { Regular troops
Indian affairs
Department of the Treasury. . . . . . { Customs
other matters
of Revenue
{ qu. Light houses.
Custody of the seal
Department of state. { Domestic affairs subordinate govmts S.W.
Land office Fed. terry.
Courts of justice qu.?
Weights & measures
Post Office
Arts, Sciences.
Commerce. at home
Foreign affairs { Commerce. abroad
Foreign affairs

MS (DLC: TJ Papers, 233:41776); entirely in TJ’s hand; undated.

The absence of the Department of the Navy, created in 1798, indicates that TJ drew this chart during his tenure as Secretary of State, when war, treasury, and state were the only existing executive departments, and other internal evidence suggests that he did so early in his tenure when the Department of State’s lines of authority were still fluid.

It was undoubtedly soon after TJ took office as Secretary of State that he received from Tobias Lear, acting either at the President’s behest or in response to a request by TJ, a document entitled “A List of such Officers as have been, or may be appointed by the President of the United States, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate” (MS in DLC: TJ Papers, 234: 42197–8; consisting of a three-page roster of offices in Lear’s hand; undated, but written before 4 June 1790).

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