From Timothy Pickering
Department of State
Philadelphia March 26. 1797.
I have the honor to inclose a copy of the President’s proclamation for convening the Congress of the United States at this city on the 15th of next May; and to be with great respect your most obt. servant
RC (NNPM); at foot of text: “The Vice-President of the United States.” FC (Lb in DNA: RG 59, DL). Recorded in SJL as received 8 Apr. 1797. Enclosure: Proclamation by President Adams countersigned by Pickering, 25 Mch. 1797, that “whereas an extraordinary occasion exists for convening Congress, and divers weighty matters claim their consideration,” Congress will convene at Philadelphia on 15 May 1797 (Annals description begins Annals of the Congress of the United States: The Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of the United States … Compiled from Authentic Materials Washington, D.C., Gales & Seaton, 1834–56, 42 vols. All editions are undependable and pagination varies from one printing to another. The first two volumes of the set cited here have “Compiled … by Joseph Gales, Senior” on the title page and bear the caption “Gales & Seatons History” on verso and “of Debates in Congress” on recto pages. The remaining volumes bear the caption “History of Congress” on both recto and verso pages. Those using the first two volumes with the latter caption will need to employ the date of the debate or the indexes of debates and speakers. description ends , vii, 49).