Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from the Senate, 7 December 1801

From the Senate

Congress of the United States, In Senate, December the 7th 1801,

Ordered, that the Secretary wait upon the President of the United States, and acquaint him, that a quorum of the Senate is assembled, and that in the absence of the Vice President, they have elected the Honorable

President of the Senate pro tempore. Attest,

Sam: A. Otis Secretary

MS (DLC); in clerk’s hand, signed by Otis; endorsed by TJ as received 7 Dec. and “Pres. pro tem.”

The Senate elected Abraham Baldwin president of the Senate pro tempore on 7 Dec. On that day a joint committee from the Senate and House of Representatives notified TJ that quorums of the two houses had assembled. Senator Joseph Anderson and Congressman Samuel Smith reported back to their respective bodies that they had waited on the president (JS description begins Journal of the Senate of the United States, Washington, D.C., 1820–21, 5 vols. description ends , 3:155–6; JHR description begins Journal of the House of Representatives of the United States, Washington, D.C., 1826, 9 vols. description ends , 4:5–6).

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