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I send herewith a copy of the Treaty of Friendship, Limits and Navigation, between the United States and his Catholic Majesty, which has been ratified by me with your Advice and Consent. A copy of the Treaty will be immediately communicated to the House of Representatives: it being necessary to make provision, in the present Session, for carrying into execution the Third and Twenty first...
Your house has been pleased to communicate to me their resolutions, purporting a decision by them that it is expedient &c. From whence an implication arises that in their opinion they might have decided that no such appointments were expedient. After mature consideration and consultation, I am of opinion that the constitution has made the President the sole competent judge to what places...
Gentlemen of the Senate and of the House of Representatives I send herewith, for the information of Congress, the treaty concluded between the United States and the Dey and Regency of Algiers. LS , DNA : RG 46, entry 47; copy, DNA : RG 59, Reports of the Secretary of State to the President and Congress; copy, DNA : RG 233, entry 28, Journals. The enclosed copy of the treaty of 5 Sept. 1795,...
I was led, by a consideration of the qualifications of Patterson of New Jersey to nominate him an associate justice of the Supreme court of the US. It has since occurred that he was a member of the Senate when the act creating that office was passed and that the time for which he was elected had not yet expired. I think it my duty therefore to declare that I deem the nomination to have been...
The Treaty of Amity, Commerce and Navigation between the United States and Great Britain, requiring that Commissioners should be appointed to fix certain boundaries between the Territories of the contracting parties, and to ascertain the losses and damages represented to have been sustained by their respective Citizens and Subjects, as set forth in the fifth, Sixth and Seventh Articles of the...
I nominate William Keais, of North Carolina, to be Collector for the port of Washington, and Inspector of the Revenue for the same; vice Nathan Keais, deceased. LS , DNA : RG 46, Records of Executive Proceedings, President’s Messages—Executive Nominations; LB , DLC:GW . Treasury Secretary Oliver Wolcott, Jr., wrote GW’s secretary Bartholomew Dandridge, Jr., on 16 Dec., informing him that...
Gentlemen of the Senate and of the House of Representatives I send herewith, for your information, the translation of a letter from the Minister Plenipotentiary of the French Republic to the Secretary of State, announcing the peace made by the Republic with the Kings of Prussia and Spain, the Grand Duke of Tuscany and the Landgrave of Hesse Cassel; and that the Republican Constitution decreed...
I nominate Oliver Elsworth, of Connecticut, to be Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States; vice William Cushing, resigned. LS , DNA : RG 46, entry 52; copy, DLC:GW . The Senate approved this nomination on 4 March ( Senate Executive Journal, Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States of America: From the commencement of the First, to the termination...
I nominate William Jackson, of Philadelphia, to be Surveyor for the port of Philadelphia, and Inspector of the Revenue for the same; vice Walter Stewart resigned: Simons Maxwell, to be Collector for the District of Hardwick, in Georgia, and Inspector of the Revenue for the Port of Hardwick; vice Thomas Collier, resigned. and Stephen Bingham to be Surveyor for the port of West-point in the...
Gentlemen of the Senate, and House of Representatives. By the ninth section of the act entitled “an Act to provide a naval armament” it is enacted, “that if a peace shall take place between the United States and the Regency of Algiers that no further proceedings be had under this act.” The peace which is here contemplated having taken place, it is incumbent upon the Executive to suspend all...
Gentlemen of the Senate, and of the House of Representatives. In pursuance of the authority vested in the President of the united States by an act of Congress passed the third of March last, to reduce the weight of the copper coin of the united States, whenever he should think it for the benefit of the united States, provided that the reduction should not exceed two pennyweights in each cent,...
Herewith I transmit, for your information and consideration, the original letter from the Emperor of Morocco, recognizing the Treaty of Peace and Friendship between the United States and his father the late Emperor; accompanied with a translation thereof, and various documents relating to the negotiation by which the recognition was effected. LS , DNA : RG 46, Records of Executive Proceedings,...
I lay before you for your consideration a treaty of peace which has been negociated by General Wayne, on behalf of the United States, with all the late hostile tribes of Indians, North West of the river Ohio; together with the instructions, which were given to General Wayne, and the proceedings at the place of treaty. LS , DNA : RG 46, entry 54; LB , DLC:GW . For the 3 Aug. 1795 Treaty of...
New York, September 11, 1789. On this date Washington submitted to the Senate the following nominations for the Treasury Department: “Alexander Hamilton (of New York) Secretary. Nicholas Eveleigh (of So. Carolina) Comptroller. Samuel Meredith (of Pensylvania) Treasurer. Oliver Wolcott Junr: (of Connecticut) Auditor. Joseph Nourse (in Office) Register.” LS , RG 46, First Congress, 1789–1791,...
I send herewith the Treaty concluded on the 27th of October last between the United States and Spain, by their respective Plenipotentiaries. The communications to the Senate referred to in my message of the 16th of December 1793, contain the instructions to the Commissioners of the United States, Messrs Carmichael & Short, and various details relative to the negociations with Spain. Herewith I...
Herewith I transmit, for your consideration and Advice, a Treaty of peace and Amity concluded on the fifth day of last September, by Joseph Donaldson Junior on the part of the United States, with the Dey of Algiers for himself his Divan and subjects. The instructions and other necessary papers relative to this negociation are also sent herewith, for the information of the Senate. LS , DNA : RG...
Gentlemen of the Senate and of the House of Representatives. The Treaty of Amity, Commerce and Navigation concluded between the United States of America and his Britannic Majesty, having been duly ratified, and the ratifications having been exchanged at London on the 28th day of October 1795, I have directed the same to be promulgated; and herewith transmit a copy thereof for the information...
I nominate William Cushing, of Massachusetts, to be Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Samuel Chase, of Maryland, to be one of the associate Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States; vice John Blair resigned and James McHenry, of Maryland to be Secretary for the Department of War. Copy, DLC:GW . The Senate approved these nominations on 27 Jan. ( Senate Executive...
Gentlemen of the Senate, and House of Representatives. I lay before you an official Statement of the Expenditure to the end of the year 1795, from the sums heretofore granted to defray the Contingent charges of the Government. LS , DNA : RG 46, entry 47; copy, DNA : RG 233, entry 28, Journals; copy, DLC:GW . The enclosed statement of 1 Jan. 1796 accounted for $22,931.05, consisting of an...
I nominate Timothy Pickering, to be Secretary for the Department of State; vice Edmund Randolph, resigned. and Charles Lee, of Virginia, to be Attorney General of the United States; vice William Bradford, deceased. LS , DNA : RG 46, Records of Executive Proceedings, President’s Messages—Executive Nominations; LB , DLC:GW .
Gentlemen of the Senate and of the House of Representatives I send herewith, for the information of Congress, 1st. An act of the legislature of the State of Rhode Island, ratifying an amendment to the Constitution of the United States, to prevent suits in certain Cases against a state. 2. An act of the State of North Carolina making the like ratification. 3. An act of the State of North...
I now lay before you a letter from the Secretary of State, covering the copy of one from the Governor of Virginia with the several papers therein referred to, on the subject of the boundary between that State and the territory of the United States, south of the Ohio. It will remain with the Legislature to take such measures as it shall think best for settling the said boundary with that State,...
A letter from the minister Plenipotentiary of the French Republic received on the 22d of the last month, covered an address, dated the 21st of October 1794, from the Committee of Public Safety to the Representatives of the United States in Congress; and also informed me that he was instructed by the Committee to present to the United States the Colours of France. I thereupon proposed to...
Gentlemen of the Senate, and House of Representatives I transmit to you a Memorial of the Commissioners appointed by virtue of an Act intitled, “an act for establishing the temporary and permanent seat of the Government of the United States,” on the subject of the public buildings under their direction. Since locating a District for the permanent seat of the Government of the United States, as...
I trust I do not deceive myself, while I indulge the persuasion, that I have never met you at any period, when, more than at the present, the situation of our public affairs has afforded just cause for mutual congratulation, and for inviting you to join with me in profound gratitude to the Author of all good, for the numerous and extraordinary blessings we enjoy. The termination of the long,...
I nominate the following persons to fill the Offices annexed to their respective names; which became vacant during the recess of the Senate. John Rutledge, of South Carolina, to be Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, vice John Jay, resigned. Elias Boudinot, to be Director of the Mint of the United States, Vice, William H. De Saussure resigned. John Brooks, of...
These assurances of favorable attention to the subjects I have recommended, and of entire confidence in my views, make the Impression on me which I ought to feel. I thank you for them both. And shall continue to rely much for the success of all our measures for the public good, on the Aid they will receive from the wisdom and integrity of your Councils. RC ( DNA : RG 46, Senate Records); FC (...
The ‘Act for the admission of the state of Vermont into this union’ having fixed on this, as the day of it’s admission, it was thought that this would also be the first day on which any officer of the Union might legally perform any act of authority relating to that state. I therefore required your attendance to recieve nominations of the several officers necessary to put the federal...
I lay before you a representation of the Chargé des affaires of France, made by order of his court, on the acts of Congress of the 20th. of July 1789. and 1790. Imposing an extra tonnage on foreign vessels, not excepting those of that country, together with the Report of the Secretary of State thereon: and I recommend the same to your consideration, that I may be enabled to give it such answer...
Fellow Citizens of the Senate, and House of Representatives. In meeting you again I feel much satisfaction in being able to repeat my congratulations on the favorable prospects which continue to distinguish our public affairs. The abundant fruits of another year have blessed our Country with plenty, and with the means of a flourishing commerce. The progress of public credit is witnessed by a...
I will proceed to take measures for the ransom of our citizens in captivity at Algiers, in conformity with your resolution of advice of the first instant, so soon as the monies necessary shall be appropriated by the legislature and shall be in readiness. The recognition of our treaty with the new Emperor of Marocco requires also previous appropriation and provision. The importance of this last...
Conceiving that in the possible event of a refusal of justice on the part of Gr. Britain, we should stand less committed should it be made to a private rather than to a public person, I employed Mr. Gouv. Morris, who was on the spot, and without giving him any definite character, to enter informally into the conferences before mentioned. For your more particular information I lay before you...
I thank you for your Address, in which the most affectionate sentiments are expressed in the most obliging terms. The coincidence of circumstances which led to this auspicious Crisis, the confidence reposed in me by my Fellow-citizens, and the assistance I may expect from counsels which will be dictated by an enlarged and liberal policy, seem to presage a more prosperous issue to my...
The aspect of affairs in Europe during the last summer, and especially between Spain and England, gave reason to expect a favorable occasion for pressing to accommodation the unsettled matters between them and us. Mr. Carmichael, our Chargé des affaires at Madrid, having been long absent from his country, great changes having taken place in our circumstances and sentiments during that...