George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Timothy Pickering, 10 February 1797

Friday Feby 10. 1797.

The Secretary of State has the honor to inform the President of the United States, that having examined the Constitution & the law respecting the President & Vice President of the U. States, he sees no part requiring that the Vice-President elect should come to the Seat of Government to take the oath to support the Constitution of the U.S. which appears to be the only oath required of him. That oath may be administered by any one Senator to the Vice President. However, the Secretary will immediately see the Vice President, if at his lodgings, & ascertain the ideas of the Senate on the mode of notifying to Mr Jefferson his election; & if this was expected to be by Express, one shall be engaged without delay.

T. Pickering

DNA: RG 59—ML—Miscellaneous Letters.

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