IV. Commission for Minister Plenipotentiary
Thomas Jefferson, President of the United States of America,
Reposing especial Trust and Confidence in Your Integrity, Prudence and Ability I have appointed1 you the said Minister Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of France, authorizing you hereby to do and perform all such matters and things as to the said place or office do appertain, or as may be duly given you in charge hereafter, and the said office to Hold and exercise, during the pleasure of the President of the United States, for the time being, and until the end of the next Session of the Senate of the United States, and no longer.
In Testimony whereof, I have caused the Seal of the United States to be hereunto affixed.
Given under my Hand, at the City of Washington the eighteenth day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand Eight hundred and three; and of the Independence of the United States of America the Twenty Seventh.
MS (NHi: Robert R. Livingston Papers); in a clerk’s hand except day of month, which Madison inserted in a blank, and signatures; below signature: “By the President,” followed by Madison’s signature as secretary of state; with seal of the United States. Dupl (same); in a clerk’s hand except signatures; at head of text: “(Duplicate)”; with seal. Tripl (PHC); in a clerk’s hand except signatures; at head of text: “(Triplicate)”; with seal. FC (Lb in DNA: RG 59, Credences); in a clerk’s hand.
1. Dupl, Tripl, and FC: “do appoint.”