Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to James Hillhouse, 2 March 1801

To James Hillhouse

Washington Mar. 2. 1801.


I beg leave through you to inform the honorable the Senate of the US. that I propose to take the oath which the Constitution prescribes to the President of the US. before he enters on the execution of his office, on Wednesday the 4th. inst. at twelve aclock in the Senate chamber.

I have the honor to be with the greatest respect Sir Your most obedient and most humble servant

Th: Jefferson

RC (Charles N. Lowrie, New York City, 1950); at foot of text: “The President pro tempore of the Senate.” PrC (DLC).

The Senate read the letter above on 2 Mch. and appointed Gouverneur Morris, Jonathan Dayton, and James Ross to report on it (JS description begins Journal of the Senate of the United States, Washington, D.C., 1820–21, 5 vols. description ends , 3:137). For that response, see Samuel A. Otis to TJ, at 3 Mch. and enclosure.

TJ addressed a similar letter to Speaker of the House Theodore Sedgwick, which was read on 2 Mch. shortly after the House came to order (PrC in DLC, at foot of text: “The Speaker of the H. of Representatives”; FC in DNA: RG 59, SDR; JHR description begins Journal of the House of Representatives of the United States, Washington, D.C., 1826, 9 vols. description ends , 3:837).

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