Commissions to be made out.
|Thomas Rodney of Delaware to be judge of Missipi. vice S. Lewis
|Thomas Rodney of Delaware.
||to be Commrs. &c West of Pearl
|Robert Williams of N. Carolina1
|Ephraim Kerby of Connecticut
||to be Commrs. &c East of Pearl
|Robert Carter Nicholas of Kentucky2
A blank commission for the Register East of Pearl river.
Tenche Coxe of Pensylvania to be Purveyor. His commission to bear date Aug. 1. 1803. on which day mr. Wheelen has fixed his own resignation.
RC (PWacD: Feinstone Collection [on deposit, PPAmP]).
1. Robert Williams (1773–1836) served as a U.S. congressman from North Carolina from 1797 to 1803. Chosen as a commissioner to judge land claims west of the Pearl River in 1803, he was appointed governor of the Mississippi Territory two years later and occupied that office until 1809.
2. Robert Carter Nicholas (d. 1836) was the son of Kentucky lawyer George Nicholas and the nephew of Wilson Cary Nicholas and Philip Norborne Nicholas. He served in the U.S. Army as a career officer, 1808–19 (PJM-PS description begins Robert A. Rutland et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison: Presidential Series (4 vols. to date; Charlottesville, Va., 1984–). description ends , 1:96 and n. 3).