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From Thomas Jefferson to Levi Lincoln, 20 December 1801

To Levi Lincoln

Dec. 20. 1801.

Th: Jefferson asks the favor of the Attorney general to prepare a proclamation agreeable to the inclosed advice of Senate. he understands the Judges have some cases awaiting this determination. it would be well therefore if they could be certified of the ultimate sanction of the treaty either by the proclamation itself, or by a communication of the advice of Senate on Monday.

RC (Privately owned, on deposit MWA). Not recorded in SJL. Enclosure not found.

On 18 Dec., George Logan reported to the Senate on behalf of the committee to which France’s ratification of the Convention of 1800 had been referred. On the 19th, which was a Saturday, the Senate voted 22 to 4 to consider the convention “as fully ratified” (JEP description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States … to the Termination of the Nineteenth Congress, Washington, D.C., 1828, 3 vols. description ends , 1:398–9).

Cases Awaiting this Determination: see Abishai Thomas to TJ, 15 Dec., for the case of the schooner Peggy that was before the Supreme Court.

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