Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Samuel A. Otis, 14 May 1800

To Samuel A. Otis

Philadelphia May 14. 1800.

Dear Sir

It has been usual for the Vice-president to retire before the close of the session in order to give the Senate an opportunity of appointing a President pro tempore. in conformity with that usage, and this being the last day of the session, I ask the favor of that honorable body to excuse my further attendance, and to accept the homage of my dutiful respects.

I am with esteem Dear Sir Your most obedient humble servt

Th: Jefferson

PrC (DLC); at foot of text: “The honble Saml. A. Otis Secretary of the Senate.”

On 14 May, the last day of the session, the Senate chose Uriah Tracy to serve as President pro tempore (JS description begins Journal of the Senate of the United States, Washington, D.C., 1820–21, 5 vols. description ends , 3:96).

Letters from TJ to Otis of 27 Aug. 1797 and 14 Dec. 1798, recorded in SJL, have not been found. Eight letters from Otis to TJ, written between 7 July 1797 and 25 May 1800, are also missing.

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