Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Samuel Allyne Otis, 5 March 1806

Washington Mar. 5. 06.

Dear Sir

I discover that with my message to the Senate of Feb. 24. I, by mistake, sent a list of Cadets proposed to me by the Secretary at war. as these places are not offices, nor the Cadets officers, they are never nominated to the Senate; and it was not designed that they should be comprehended in the message. according to our usage of informally correcting mere errors, by consent, and without embarrassing the Senate or their journals with messages of explanation, I will ask the favor of you to return me the list of Cadets, asking the consent of the President of the Senate whom I shall have an opportunity of speaking to on the subject. as soon as, by a sight of the paper, I shall be able to propose a corresponding correction of the message, mr Coles will call on you for the purpose of correcting it. Accept my friendly salutations & assurances of respect

Th: Jefferson

DNA: RG 46—Records of the U.S. Senate.

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