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Sir, I have been long accustomed to entertain so great a respect for the opinion of my fellow citizens, that the knowledge of their unanimous suffrages having been given in my favour scarcely leaves me the alternative for an Option. Whatever may have been my private feelings and sentiments, I believe I cannot give a greater evidence of my sensibility for the honor they have done me than by...
Invited to this respectable situation by the suffrages of our fellow citizens, according to the Constitution, I have thought it my duty cheerfully and readily to accept it. Unaccustomed to refuse any public service, however dangerous to my reputation, or disproportioned to my talents, it would have been inconsistent to have adopted an other maxim of conduct at this time, when the prosperity of...
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...
In pursuance of the order of the late Congress, Treaties between the United States, and several nations of Indians, have been negociated and signed. These Treaties, with sundry papers respecting them, I now lay before you, for your consideration and advice, by the hands of General Knox, under whose official superintendence the business was transacted, and who will be ready to communicate to...
A Convention between his most Christian Majesty and the United States for the purposes of determining and fixing the functions and prerogatives of their respective Consuls, Vice Consuls, Agents and Commissaries, was signed by their respective Plenipotentiaries on the 29th of July 1784. It appearing to the late Congress that certain alterations in that Convention ought to be made, they...
Mr Jefferson the present Minister of the United States at the Court of France, having applied for permission to return home for a few months, and it appearing to me proper to comply with his request, it becomes necessary that some person be appointed to take charge of our affairs at that Court during his absence. For this purpose I nominate William Short Esquire, and request your advice on the...
A List having my signature to it is herewith presented to you, containing the names of Persons whom I nominate as Collectors, Naval Officers and Surveyors for the Ports to which their Names are respectively annexed; And as several applications have been addressed to the President and Senate conjointly I lay all under this description before you, for your information. New Hampshire Districts &...
In the list of Nominations which I laid before you the 3d instant there was a mistake in giving in the name of David Lambert as Surveyor of the Port of Richmond. This mistake I now desire to correct by inserting in place thereof, the name of Corbin Braxton. LS , DNA : RG 46, First Congress, President’s Messages—Executive Nominations; LB , DLC:GW . This message was delivered to the Senate by...
My nomination of Benjamin Fishbourn for the place of Naval Officer of the Port of Savannah not having met with your concurrence, I now nominate Laclan McIntosh for that place. Whatever may have been the reasons which induced your dissent, I am persuaded they were such as you deemed sufficient—Permit me to submit to your consideration, whether on occasions, where the propriety of nomiminations...
By the act for settling the accounts between the United States and individual States, a person is to be appointed to fill the vacant seat at the Board of Commissioners for settling the accounts between the United States and individual States; I therefore nominate John Kean, of the State of So. Carolina to fill the vacant seat at the said Board of Commissioners. LS , DNA : RG 46, First...
In conformity to the Law re-establishing the Government of the Western Territory, I nominate Arthur St Clair Governor. Winthrop Sargent Secretary. Samuel Holden Parsons, } John Cleve Symmes and Judges of the Court. William Barton I also nominate Ebenezer Tucker, Surveyor of Little Egg Harbour in the State of New Jersey. LS , DNA : RG 46, First Congress, President’s Messages—Executive...
In consequence of an Act providing for the expences which may attend negociations or Treaties with the Indian Tribes, and the appointment of Commissioners for managing the same, I nominate Benjamin Lincoln as one of three Commissioners whom I shall propose to be employed to negociate a Treaty with the Southern Indians. My reason for nominating him at this early moment, is, that it will not be...
In addition to the nomination which I made yesterday, of Benjamin Lincoln, as one of three Commissioners to be employed to negociate a Treaty with the Southern Indians, I now nominate Cyrus Griffin and David Humphreys, as the two other Commissioners to be employed to negociate the before mentioned Treaty. LS , DNA : RG 46, First Congress, President’s Messages—Executive Nominations; LB , DLC:GW...
The President of the United States will meet the Senate, in the Senate Chamber, at half past eleven oclock tomorrow; to advise with them on the terms of the Treaty to be negotiated with the Southern Indians. LS , DNA : RG 46, First Congress, President’s Messages—Indian Relations; LB , DLC:GW . Tobias Lear delivered this message to the Senate ( DHFC, Linda Grant De Pauw et al., eds. Documentary...
To conciliate the powerful tribes of Indians in the southern district, amounting probably to fourteen thousand fighting men, and to attach them firmly to the United States, may be regarded as highly worthy of the serious attention of government. The measure includes, not only peace and security to the whole southern frontier, but is calculated to form a barrier against the Colonies of an...
I nominate for the Department of the Treasury of the United States— Alexander Hamilton (of New York) Secretary. Nicholas Eveleigh (of So. Carolina) Comptroller. Samuel Meridith (of Pensylvania) Treasurer. Oliver Wolcott Junr (of Connecticut) Auditor. Joseph Nourse (in office) Register. For the Department of war— Henry Knox. For Judge in the Western Territory, in place of William Barton who...
United States, 16 September 1789. Nominates Lemuel Wyatt as collector of customs for Reheboth, Massachusetts. LS , DNA : RG 46, First Congress, Records of Executive Proceedings, President’s Messages—Executive Nominations; LB , DLC:GW . This message was delivered to the Senate by Tobias Lear. Wyatt’s appointment was confirmed by the Senate on the same day ( DHFC Linda Grant De Pauw et al., eds....
It doubtless is important that all treaties and compacts formed by the United States with other nations whether civilized or not, should be made with caution, and executed with fidelity. It is said to be the general understanding and practice of nations, as a check on the mistakes and indiscretions of ministers or Commissioners, not to consider any treaty, negociated, and signed by such...
I nominate for the Supreme-Court of the United States John Jay of New York, Chief-Justice John Rutledge, of South Carolina, James Wilson, of Pennsylvania, Associate Judges
I nominate James Duane, Judge } for the District William S. Smith, Marshall of Richard Harrison, Attorney New-York. David Brearly, Judge, } for the District Thomas Lowry, Marshall, of Richard Stockton, Attorney New-Jersey. and I likewise nominate Thomas Jefferson for Secretary of State Edmund Randolph for Attorney-General Samuel Osgood for Post Master-General
United States Gentlemen of the Senate. September 29th 1789. I nominate William Carmichael as Charge des affaires from the United States of America to the Court of Spain. LS , DNA : RG 46, First Congress, Records of Executive Proceedings, President’s Messages—Executive Nominations.
United-States Gentlemen of the Senate, September 29th 1789. Agreeably to the act of Congress for adapting the establishment of the Troops in public service to the Constitution of the United States, I nominate the Persons, specified in the enclosed list, to be the commissioned Officers thereof. This nomination differs from the existing arrangement only in the following cases—to wit. Lieutenant...
Officers of the Regiment of Infantry Leiut. Colo. Commandant Josiah Harmar And a Brigadier General by brevet, he having been appointed such by a resolve of Congress of the 31st of July 1787 Majors John Plasgrave Wyllys John F. Hamtramck Captains Jonathan Heart David Zeigler William McCurdy John Mercer David Strong John Smith Joseph Ashton Erkuries Beatty. Lieutenants John Armstrong John Pratt...
United States [New York] Gentlemen of the Senate January 11th 1790. I have directed Mr Lear, my private Secretary, to lay before you a copy of the adoption and ratification of the Constitution of the United States by the State of North Carolina, together with the copy of a letter from His Excellency Samuel Johnson President of the Convention of said State to the President of the United States....
United States [New York] Gentlemen of the Senate, January 11th, 1790. Having advised with you upon the terms of a treaty to be offered to the Creek Nation of Indians, I think it proper you should be informed of the result of that business, previous to its coming before you in your legislative capacity. I have therefore directed the Secretary for the Department of War, to lay before you my...
I thank you for your address, and for the assurances, which it contains of attention to the several Matters suggested by me to your consideration. Relying on the continuance of your exertions for the public good, I anticipate, for our Country, the salutary effects of upright and prudent Counsels. LB , DLC:GW . For the address of the Senate, see GW to the United States Senate and House of...
I thank you for your address, and for the assurances, which it contains, of attention to the several matters, suggested by me to your consideration. Relying on the continuance of your exertions for the public good, I anticipate, for our Country, the salutary effects of upright and prudent Counsels. LS , DNA : RG 46, First Congress, Records of Legislative Proceedings, President’s Messages. See...
United States [New York] Gentlemen of the Senate, February 9th 1790 You will perceive from the papers herewith delivered, and which are enumerated in the annexed list, that a difference subsists between Great Britain and the United States relative to the boundary line between our Eastern, and their Territories. A plan for deciding this difference, was laid before the late Congress; and whether...
29Enclosure, 9 February 1790 (Washington Papers)
A List of the papers deliver’d to the Senate with the foregoing Message In the Bundle marked A. Papers in the bundle marked B. LB , DLC:GW . All of these enclosures are printed in DHFC, Linda Grant De Pauw et al., eds. Documentary History of the First Federal Congress of the United States of America, March 4, 1789-March 3, 1791 . 20 vols. to date. Baltimore, 1972–. 2:362–87. The actual resolve...
United States [New York] Gentlemen of the Senate, February 9th 1790. Among the persons appointed during your late Session, to offices under the national Government, there were some who declined serving. Their names and offices are specified in the first column of the annexed list. I supplied these Vacancies, agreeably to the Constitution, by temporary appointments; which you will find...