James Madison Papers

From James Madison to Governor Clark, 16 June 1816

16 June 1816

To all who shall see these presents, Greeting:

Know Ye, That reposing special Trust and Confidence in the Patriotism, Integrity and Abilities of William Clark, of the Missouri Territory, I do appoint him Governor in and over the said Territory; and do authorize and empower him to execute and fulfil the duties of that Office according to law; and to Have and to Hold the said Office with all the powers, privileges and emoluments to the same of right appertaining until the end of the next Session of the Senate of the United States, and no longer, unless the President of the United States for the time being should be pleased sooner to revoke and determine this Commission.

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 June A.D. 1816; and of the Independence of the United States the Fortieth.

James Madison,

By the President,

Jas. Monroe

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 XV: The Territory of Louisiana-Missouri, 1815-1821.

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