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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...
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,...
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...
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 (...
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...
I have the honor to inclose you a letter from one of our captive citizens of Algiers, if I may judge from the superscription, and from the letters from the same quarter which I have received myself. As these relate to a matter before your house, and contain some information we have not before had, I take the liberty of inclosing you copies of them.—I have the honour to be with sentiments of...
As the information contained in the enclosed extracts from a letter of Mr. Short’s lately received, has some relation to a subject now before the Senate, I have thought it my duty to communicate them, and have the honor to be with sentiments of the most profound respect and attachment, Sir Your most obedient and most humble Servant: PrC ( DLC ); in clerk’s hand, unsigned. Not recorded in SJL...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Arrangement made by the President of the United States, with respect to the subdivisions of the several districts thereof into surveys, the appointment of officers, and the assignment of compensations, pursuant to the act of Congress, passed the third day of March, 1791, entitled “An act repealing, after the last day of June next, the duties heretofore laid upon distilled spirits, imported...
Gentlemen of the Senate The pacific measures which were adopted for establishing peace between the U.S. and the North Western Indians, having proved ineffectual, and the military operations which thereon became necessary, tho’ successful in the first instances, being otherwise in the last as was stated to you in my communication of instant, it behoves us to look forward in time to the further...
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...
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,...
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...
Having, according to a resolution of the House of Representatives of February 23. 1791. given in to that House a Report on the privileges and restrictions on the commerce of the United States in foreign Countries, I think it my duty to lay a Copy of it before the Senate, and have the honor of being with the most perfect respect Sir Your most obedient and Most humble Servt. RC ( DNA : RG 46,...
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 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...
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 .
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...
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...
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,...
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 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. 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 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 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,...
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...