Washington Feb. 10. 1806.
On the 23d. of December I nominated to the Senate of the US.
Joseph de Ville Bellechasse
John W. Gurley
John Baptiste McCarty
Jean Noel Destrehan
to be members of the legislative council for the territory of Orleans, being five of the ten persons named to me for that purpose by the House of Representatives of the Territory. Messrs. Bellechasse McCartey, Destrehan & Sauvé were assented to by the Senate & their commissions forwarded in January. the nomination of mr Gurley was reserved by the Senate for further consideration, and has been since negatived. I am therefore to request that the House of Representatives will proceed to name two persons, of whom I may appoint one with the advice of Senate to supply the vacancy still remaining. Accept the assurance of my high consideration & esteem.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.