James Madison Papers

From James Madison to William Clark, 11 March 1815

11 March 1815

To all who shall see these presents,

Know Ye, That reposing special Trust and Confidence in the Abilities, Prudence and Fidelity of William Clark, Governor of the Missouri Territory, Ninian Edwards, Governor of the Indiana Territory and Auguste Choteau of the Missouri Territory, I do appoint them jointly and severally Commissioners of the United States with full power and authority to hold conferences and conclude and sign a Treaty or Treaties, with any or all the Nations of Indians situated on the Mississippi River or in the vicinity thereof, of and concerning Peace and all other matters interesting to the United States and the said Nations of Indians; transmitting the same to the President of the United States of America for his final ratification by and with the advice and consent of the Senate of the United States. This Commission to continue in force until the end of the next Session of the Senate of the United States, and no longer.

In Testimony whereof, I have causes 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 Eleventh day of March A. D. 1815; and of the Independence of the United States, the Thirty Ninth.

James Madison

By the President,

Jas. Monroe
Secretary of State.


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