Washington Nov. 6. 07
Considering it as the surest course for the performance of my duty in appointing a keeper to the library of Congress, to follow their choice in the selection of their officers, I have viewed the election of mr Magruder as successor to mr Beckley, as designating him also as his successor as Librarian. I have therefore directed a commission as such to be made out for him. I do not know whether the rules of the Treasury will require a regular commission pro tem. to you for the time you have had it in charge. but that, or any other voucher which their forms require for entitling you to the salary from mr Beckley’s death to the meeting of Congress shall be furnished on being made known to me. I present you my salutations & respects.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.