James Madison Papers

From James Madison to William Jones, 20 April 1813

To William Jones

Washington 20th April 1813.


In persuance of the act of Congress providing that in case of absence from the seat of Government, of the Secretary of the Treasury, the President of the United States may authorise a Person to perform the Duties of that officer, during his absence, I am to ask the favor of you, and hereby authorise you to perform the same.1

James Madison

RC (PHi: William Jones Papers). In a clerk’s hand, signed by JM.

1JM referred to the eighth section of “An Act making alterations in the Treasury and War Departments” of 8 May 1792. An amendment to the act passed on 13 Feb. 1795 limited the duration of such temporary appointments to six months (U.S. Statutes at Large description begins The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America … (17 vols.; Boston, 1848–73). description ends , 1:279–81, 415). The president made this request in anticipation of Albert Gallatin’s departure for Europe as a peace commissioner.

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