George Washington Papers

From George Washington to the United States Senate, 21 August 1789

To the United States Senate

New York August 21st 1789.

Gentlemen of the Senate,

The President of the United States will meet the Senate, in the Senate Chamber, at half past eleven oclock tomorrow; to advise with them on the terms of the Treaty to be negotiated with the Southern Indians.1

Go: Washington

LS, DNA: RG 46, First Congress, President’s Messages—Indian Relations; LB, DLC:GW. Tobias Lear delivered this message to the Senate (DHFC, description begins Linda Grant De Pauw et al., eds. Documentary History of the First Federal Congress of the United States of America, March 4, 1789-March 3, 1791. 20 vols. to date. Baltimore, 1972—. description ends 2:30).

1According to Sen. William Maclay’s account of the day’s activities in the Senate, the report of the committee that had conferred with GW was considered (see Conference with a Committee of the United States Senate, 8 Aug. 1789, source note). “The most of it was where the President should sit on his being introduced into our Chamber, and where our President should sit &c. &ca.,” Maclay wrote, “Notice was given just before we broke up that the President would be in the Senate Chamber at half after 11 tomorrow to take the advice and consent of the Senate on some matters of consequence but nothing communicated” (Bowling and Veit, Diary of William Maclay description begins Kenneth R. Bowling and Helen E. Veit, eds. The Diary of William Maclay and Other Notes on Senate Debates. Baltimore, 1988. description ends , 127).

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