Thomas Jefferson Papers

Address from Samuel Sitgreaves to the Senate, [7 February 1798]

Address from Samuel Sitgreaves to the Senate

[7 Feb 1798]

Mr. Vice President,

The House of Representatives having agreed upon Articles in Maintenance of their Impeachment against William Blount for High Crimes & Misdemeanors, and having appointed on their Part Managers of the said Impeachment, the Managers have now the Honor to attend the Senate for the Purpose of exhibiting the said Articles

MS (DNA: RG 46, Senate Records, 5th Cong., 2d sess.); in an unknown hand; endorsed in clerk’s hand: “Legis: 2d: Sess: 5th. Cong: Address of the Chairman of the Managers appointed to conduct the Impeachment against William Blount. February 7th. 1798.”

Upon receiving the managers from the House of Representatives for the purpose of exhibiting the impeachment articles, the Senate followed procedures that they had adopted on 5 Feb. including designating James Mathers, doorkeeper of the Senate, to serve as sergeant-at-arms. Upon TJ’s order, Mathers issued a proclamation for silence in the Senate as Sitgreaves read the document. TJ reportedly responded as directed in the procedures: “Gentlemen, managers on the part of the House of Representatives: The Senate will take such order on the articles of impeachment which you have exhibited before them as shall seem to them proper; of which due notice will be given to the House of Representatives” (JS description begins Journal of the Senate of the United States, Washington, D.C., 1820–21, 5 vols. description ends , 2:433–5; Annals, description begins Annals of the Congress of the United States: The Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of the United StatesCompiled 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 7:970). The House members then left the Senate chamber and Samuel A. Otis entered the articles in the Senate journal (JS description begins Journal of the Senate of the United States, Washington, D.C., 1820–21, 5 vols. description ends , 2:435–7).

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