Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to the Senate, 11 January 1803

To the Senate

Gentlemen of the Senate

During the late recess of the Senate I granted commissions for the Promotions, transfers, and appointments in the army of the US. which are under the mark A. in the inclosed Schedule signed by the Secretary at war, which will expire at the end of the present session of the Senate. I therefore nominate the same persons for the same commissions for reappointment.

I also nominate the persons named in the same schedule under the mark of the letter B. to be appointed to the grades of command affixed to their names respectively.

Th: Jefferson
Jan. 11. 1803.

RC (DNA: RG 46, EPEN, 7th Cong., 2d sess.); endorsed by a Senate clerk. PrC (DLC). Recorded in SJL with notation “renominations & nominations Military.” Enclosures: see Henry Dearborn to TJ, 10 Jan. 1803 (first letter).

The Senate received TJ’s list of army promotions, transfers, and appointments on 11 Jan. The following day, the nominations were referred to a committee consisting of Joseph Anderson, Uriah Tracy, and Jonathan Dayton. Acting on the committee’s recommendations, on 25 Jan. the Senate consented to all of the nominations except those of Ephraim Emery and Peyton Gay, which were postponed and subsequently rejected 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 , 1:433–5, 436, 440, 445). For opposition to Emery’s nomination, see William Wingate to TJ, 7 Feb. 1803.

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