James Madison Papers

To James Madison from John Sevier, 3 August 1804

From John Sevier

Knoxville August 3. 1804.


I do myself the honor to inclose you an authenticated Copy of the Act of the Legislature of this state, ratifying the proposed Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America, relative to the Election of President and Vice President, which passed by a unanimous vote of both houses of the Legislature.1

You will please acknowledge the receipt of the same as soon as convenient.2 I am sir, with very great respect Your Mo Obedt Servt

John: Sevier

RC and enclosure (DNA: RG 11, U.S. Documents Having Legal Effect, Ratified Amendments); FC (THi). RC in a clerk’s hand, signed by Sevier; docketed by Wagner as received 15 Aug. For enclosure, see n. 1.

1The enclosure (4 pp.) is a copy of the act of the legislature of Tennessee, 27 July 1804, and an attestation by the governor, 3 Aug. 1804, with the state seal affixed, as to the genuineness of the signature of the secretary of the state of Tennessee, William Maclin.

2In JM’s absence from the State Department, Jacob Wagner acknowledged the receipt of this communication in a letter to Sevier, 15 Aug. 1804 (DNA: RG 59, DL, vol. 14).

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