Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to the Senate, 15 December 1802

To the Senate

Gentlemen of the Senate

I nominate Gabriel Duval of Maryland to be Comptroller of the treasury of the US. vice John Steele resigned.

William Peck of Rhodeisland whose office of Marshal of Rhode island expired on the 13th. instant to be reappointed Marshal of that district.

Th: Jefferson

Dec. 15. 1802.

RC (DNA: RG 46, EPEN, 7th Cong., 2d sess.); endorsed by a Senate clerk; also endorsed at foot of text: “The Senate advise & Consent to Wm. Peck Decr. 15.” PrC (DLC). Recorded in SJL with notation “nomns. Duval. Peck.”

Meriwether Lewis delivered these nominations to the Senate on 15 Dec. The Senate read the message, dispensed with the rule that nominations should lie for consideration, immediately approved both appointments, and sent the decision to the president. The commission for Gabriel Duvall (duval) is dated 15 Dec. and that for william peck, marshal of Rhode Island since July 1790, is dated 13 Dec. 1802 (FCs of commissions in Lb in DNA: RG 59, MPTPC; 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 , 1:53, 164–5, 426; Washington, Papers, Pres. Ser., 5:149).

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