Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to the President of the Senate, 23 January 1803

To the President of the Senate

Washington Jan. 23. 1803.


As the files of the Senate seem to be the proper depository for the inclosed papers, I take the liberty of handing them on to you and of assuring you of my high consideration and respect.

Th: Jefferson

RC (CtY). PrC (DLC); at foot of text: “The President of the Senate.” Recorded in SJL as a letter of 22 Jan. Enclosure: John Caldwell, clerk of the Delaware House of Representatives, to the President of the Senate of the United States, Dover, 17 Jan. 1803, transmitting credentials certifying the election of Samuel White to the United States Senate; the letter had been inadvertently delivered to TJ (RC in DNA: RG 46, LP, Reports and Communications Submitted to the Senate, 7th Cong., 2d sess.; addressed: “The Honourable The President of the Senate of the United States”; franked and postmarked; endorsed by TJ as received 22 Jan. and so recorded in SJL; endorsed by a Senate clerk).

On 24 Jan., Vice President Aaron Burr presented John Caldwell’s letter and Samuel White’s credentials to the Senate, which ordered that they lie on file (JS description begins Journal of the Senate of the United States, Washington, D.C., 1820-21, 5 vols. description ends , 3:255).

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