26 December 1805
The Committee to whom was referd the nominations, contained in the inclosed paper—hath directed me, to request the President of the United States, to give Such information—(if in his power) as will enable the Committee to possess a Correct View of the Respective Characters—takeing into Consideration, the existing State of things in the Louisiana Territory—
With Sentiments of Verry high Consideration
Chairman of the Committee
DNA: RG 59—LAR—Letters of Application and Recommendation.