Thomas Jefferson Papers

14. A Bill for the Appointment of Clerks to the Governor and Council, 18 June 1779

14. A Bill for the Appointment of Clerks to the Governor and Council

Be it enacted by the General Assembly that the Governor and Council shall have power to appoint, from time to time, as they shall be wanting, a drawing clerk, a copying clerk, and a clerk of foreign correspondence, who shall each of them take an oath to be administered by any member of the board, to keep secret all such matters as they shall direct them to keep secret: Which clerks shall be removable at their will.

Report description begins Report of the Committee of Revisors Appointed by the General Assembly of Virginia in MDCCLXXVI, Richmond, 1784 description ends , p. 12. Probably drawn by TJ (see Document iv, 3, note 7).

This Bill supersedes the Bill to appoint a clerkship of foreign correspondence (q.v., under 18 May 1778). It was presented by Madison 31 Oct. 1785, passed by the House 22 Nov., and approved by the Senate 25 Nov. (JHD description begins Journal of the House of Delegates of the Commonwealth of Virginia (cited by session and date of publication) description ends , Oct. 1785, 1828 edn., p. 12–15, 40, 47, 55, 132). The Act as adopted is identical with the Bill as proposed save for the addition of a final clause putting it into effect 1 Jan. 1787.

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