Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to the Senate, 11 December 1801

To the Senate

Gentlemen of the Senate

Early in the last month I recieved the ratification, by the first Consul of France, of the Convention between the US. and that nation. his ratification not being pure and simple, in the ordinary form, I have thought it my duty, in order to avoid all misconception, to ask a second advice and consent of the Senate, before I give it the last sanction by proclaiming it to be a law of the land.

Th: Jefferson

Dec. 11. 1801.

RC (DNA: RG 46, EPFR); endorsed by a Senate clerk. PrC (DLC).

Meriwether Lewis delivered this message on the 11th. The Senate referred Bonaparte’s ratification of the Convention of 1800 to a committee composed of George Logan of Pennsylvania, James Jackson of Georgia, and Uriah Tracy of Connecticut (JEP description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States … to the Termination of the Nineteenth Congress, Washington, D.C., 1828, 3 vols. description ends , 1:397; JS description begins Journal of the Senate of the United States, Washington, D.C., 1820–21, 5 vols. description ends , 3:155).

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