Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson’s Notes on Presidential Appointments, [ca. 6 March 1809]

Notes on Presidential Appointments

[ca. 6 Mar. 1809]

[Sec]retary of State  
[ Missisi]pi Govr v.1 Williams Holmes.
[ Missisipi?] Judge v. Bruin Martin
Illinois Govr   Boyle
3. judges   King
Newbury port Collector v. Varnum. Cook.
Richmd Loan offr v. Page. Nelson
Brazil Consul Hill
Western road Commr v. Kerr
Tunis Consul v. Coxe Keteltas
Tripoli Consul v. Davis
Paris Consul v. Skipwith Warden. Russel
Chickasaw Agent v. Wright Timothy Meigs. David Hog.

MS (MHi); written entirely in TJ’s hand on a ragged scrap, the verso of which is a reused address cover to “The President of the U. States”; undated; left margin frayed.

TJ probably compiled these notes on unfilled offices and candidates for them for use in briefing incoming president James Madison. He most likely prepared the list no earlier than 1 Mar. 1809, when he sent the Senate his final nomination letter, and no later than 6 Mar. 1809, when Madison sent nominations for a majority of these posts to the Senate (JEP description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States description ends , 2:113–4, 118–9).

1Here and below, the abbreviation is for “vice,” meaning “in place of.”

Index Entries

  • Barbour, Mordecai search
  • Boyle, John J. search
  • Brazil; U.S. consul at search
  • Bruin, Peter Bryan search
  • Chickasaw Indians; U.S. Indian agent for search
  • Cook, Orchard search
  • Coxe, Charles D.; consul at Tunis search
  • Cumberland Road; commissioners of search
  • Davis, George; consul at Tripoli search
  • Hill, Henry search
  • Hog, David search
  • Holmes, David; appointed governor of Miss. Territory search
  • Hylton, Daniel L.; appointment considered search
  • Illinois Territory; appointments in search
  • Indians; Chickasaw search
  • Jarvis, William; and consulship at Rio de Janeiro search
  • Kerr, Joseph; as commissioner of Cumberland Road search
  • Keteltas, William search
  • King, John Edwards search
  • Madison, James; and appointments search
  • Martin, François Xavier; judicial appointment of search
  • McRae, Alexander; considered for appointment by TJ search
  • Meigs, Timothy search
  • Mississippi Territory; appointments in search
  • Munford, William; seeks office search
  • Nelson, Thomas; appointed loan officer search
  • Newburyport, Mass.; collector at search
  • Paris; U.S. consul at search
  • Parker, Mr.; considered for appointment by TJ search
  • Poindexter, George; appointment considered search
  • Russell, Jonathan; candidate for Paris consulship search
  • Selden, Miles search
  • Skipwith, Fulwar; as consul general at Paris search
  • Smith, Mr. (of Richmond); considered for appointment by TJ search
  • Tripoli; U.S. consul at search
  • Tunis; U.S. consul at search
  • Varnum, Joseph Bradley; and Newburyport collectorship search
  • Warden, David Bailie; and consular nomination search
  • Williams, Robert search
  • Wright, Thomas (Chickasaw agent) search