Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Robert Brent, 3 June 1802

To Robert Brent

Washington June 3 1802

Dear Sir

The act of Congress incorporating the city of Washington has confided to the President of the US. the appointment of the Mayor of the city. as the agency of that officer will be immediately requisite, I am desirous to avail the city of your services in it, if you will permit me to send you the commission. I will ask the favor of an answer to this proposition.

Will you also do me that of dining with me the day after tomorrow (Friday) at half after three? Accept my friendly and respectful salutations.

Th: Jefferson

PrC (DLC); at foot of text: “Robert Brent esq.”

An ACT OF CONGRESS of 3 May 1802 provided for the incorporation of Washington, D.C. and authorized the president to select a mayor, who was required to be a U.S. citizen and a resident of the city prior to the annual appointment (U.S. Statutes at Large description begins Richard Peters, ed., The Public Statutes at Large of the United States … 1789 to March 3, 1845, Boston, 1855–56, 8 vols. description ends , 2:196).

Brent’s COMMISSION as mayor was signed by TJ and Madison and dated 1 June (FC in Lb in DNA: RG 59, MPTPC).

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