To the United States Senate
United States 2d Jany 1795.
Gentlemen of the Senate,
I nominate Timothy Pickering, to be Secretary for the Department of War; vice Henry Knox, who has resigned that office.1
LS, DNA: RG 46, entry 38; copy, DLC:GW.
1. For Knox’s resignation, see his letter to GW of 28 Dec. 1794. The Senate approved Pickering’s appointment on this date, and GW’s secretary Bartholomew Dandridge, Jr., then wrote to George Taylor, Jr., chief clerk at the State Department, that “a Commission will be wanted for him directly” (DLC:GW).