Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to the Senate, 5 January 1802

To the Senate

Gentlemen of the Senate

The late Secretaries of State and of the Treasury & late Attorney General having been appointed Commissioners under the act entitled ‘An act for an amicable settlement of limits with the state of Georgia, and authorising the establishment of a government in the Missisipi territory,’ and the act supplementory thereto passed on the 10th. of May 1800. I now nominate, in their stead,

the present Secretary of State, James Madison,

the present Secretary of the Treasury, Albert Gallatin, and

the present Attorney General, Levi Lincoln

to be Commissioners under the same acts.

Th: Jefferson
Jan. 5. 1801 [i.e. 1802].

RC (DNA: RG 46, EPEN); with figure “1,” in last digit of year in dateline, overwritten to “2,” probably by a Senate clerk; endorsed by a Senate clerk. PrC (DLC); lacks change in dateline.

Appointed Commissioners: for a description of the acts under which the president made the nominations, see Madison to TJ, 24 Dec. 1801. The Senate confirmed the appointments on 6 Jan. and requested that Samuel A. Otis inform the president of their action (JEP description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States … to the Termination of the Nineteenth Congress, Washington, D.C., 1828, 3 vols. description ends , 1:400, 404).

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