Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Henry Dearborn, 30 March 1802

From Henry Dearborn

War Department 30th, of March 1802


From a conference with a Committee of the Senate, it is proposed to make the following alterations in the list of Officers by you nominated, for the Military establishment, which is submitted for your consideration,

Captain Richard H. Greaton of the 2nd. rgt.1 to be withdrawn

Captain John Whistler of the 1st to be introduced—

Captain Campbell Smith of the 4th. to be withdrawn

Captain Aaron Gregg of the 3rd. rgt. to be introduced

Lieut. Thomas Blackburn to be withdrawn

Lieut. John Hains of the 4th. regt. to be introduced

Alexander A Peters Surgions mate at Fort Johnson North Carolina—

Thomas I Vandike Surgions Mate for Southwest Point in Tennessee

H. Dearborn

RC (DLC); at head of text: “To the President of the United States”; assignments of regiments interlined by Meriwether Lewis (see note below); endorsed by TJ as received from the War Department on 30 Mch. and “Nominations” and so recorded in SJL; also endorsed by Lewis with names and regiments of Whistler, Gregg, and Haines.

Joseph Anderson, Stevens Thomson Mason, and Jonathan Dayton were the COMMITTEE OF THE SENATE reviewing the nominations of army officers (see TJ to the Senate, 25 Mch.). The committee reported to the Senate in executive session on 31 Mch., after the Senate received TJ’s message of that day transmitting the changes suggested by Dearborn in the letter above (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 , 1:415–16).

VANDIKE: the Tennessee congressional delegation and David Campbell had recommended Thomas J. Vandyke for the position at Southwest Point (Campbell to TJ, 12 Feb. 1802).

1Preceding four words interlined by Lewis, who also interlined the designations of regiments for Whistler, Smith, Gregg, and Haines.

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