Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Henry Dearborn, 8 October 1802

From Henry Dearborn

Octobr. 8th. 1802


On further enquirey & concideration I am induced to repeat my request for the appointment of the officers I had the honour of proposing for your concideration yesterday.—

McComb, Swift & Levy being in the Army and having strong claims on the score of services for promotion, on general principles it would be improper to postpone them.

Irwin, Gay & Chew are said to be active republicans.—

Taylor, Sims & Emmery may be concidered as having no politics, but would probably be fixed by their appointments.

with respectful conciderations I am Sir Your Huml Servt

H. Dearborn

RC (DLC); at foot of text: “The President of the United States”; endorsed by TJ as received from the War Department on 8 Oct. and “appmts” and so recorded in SJL.

APPOINTMENT OF THE OFFICERS: TJ approved Dearborn’s nominees on 12 Oct. and submitted their names for Senate approval on 11 Jan. 1803, with the exception of Henry Irvine, who declined his appointment. The Senate consented to the appointments of Alexander Macomb (McComb), Joseph G. Swift, Simon M. Levy, Josiah Taylor, William L. Chew, and William Simmons on 25 Jan., but rejected the nominations of Ephraim Emery (Emmery) and Peyton Gay on 22 Feb. (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 , 1:434, 440, 445; Dearborn to Thomas H. Cushing, 12 Oct. 1802 [two letters] and 16 Mch. 1803, in DNA: RG 107, LSMA; William Wingate to TJ, 7 Feb. 1803). Macomb would later serve as commanding general of the U.S. Army from 1828 to 1841, while Swift, the first graduate of the military academy at West Point, became colonel and chief of engineers in 1812 (ANB description begins John A. Garraty and Mark C. Carnes, eds., American National Biography, New York and Oxford, 1999, 24 vols. description ends ).

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