January 16, 1807
Thomas Jefferson, President of the United States of America,
To all who shall see these presents, Greeting:
Know Ye, That reposing special Trust and Confidence in the Wisdom, Uprightness and Learning of Joshua Lewis, of Kentucky, I have nominated, and by and with the advice and consent of the Senate do appoint him One of the Judges in and over the Territory of Orleans; and do authorize and empower him to execute and fulfill the duties of that office according to the Constitution and laws of the said United States; and to Have and to Hold the said office with all the powers, privileges and Emoluments to the same of right appertaining during his good behaviour.
|L. S||In Testimony whereof, I have caused these Letters to be made patent, and the seal of the United States to be hereunto affixed.|
Given under my hand at the City of Washington the Sixteenth day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand Eight hundred and Seven; and of the Independence of the United States of America the Thirty first.
By the President
Secretary of State
Printed Source--Clarence Edwin Carter et al., eds. The Territorial Papers of the United States. 27 vols. (Washington, D.C., 1934-69).: Volume IX: The Territory of Orleans, 1803-1812.