April 17, 1806
Thomas Jefferson; President of the U. S. of America,
To all who shall see these presents, Greeting:
Know Ye, That reposing special Trust & confidence in the Wisdom, Uprightness and Learning of Otto Shrader of Pennsylvania, 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 Louisiana; and do authorize and empower him to execute and fulfil the duties of that Office according to the Constitution & laws of the United States; and to have and to hold the said Office with all the powers privileges and emoluments to the same of right appertaining unto him the said Otto Shrader for the term of four years from the date hereof; he to reside in the said Territory.
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 17th. day of April a.d. 1806, and of the Independence of the U.S. of America, the Thirtieth.
By the President.
James Madison Secy. 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 XIII: The Territory of Louisiana-Missouri, 1803-1806.