James Madison Papers

From James Madison to Thomas Jefferson, 24 December 1801

To Thomas Jefferson

Der. 24. [1801]

J. Madison’s respectful compliments to the President

It appears that the Secy. of State, the Secy. of the Treasury, & the Attorney General were appd. Commissrs. to settle with Georgia, by their names, but with their official titles annexed. On the resignation of Col. Pickering, Mr. Marshal was appd. in his room, No resignation of his Commission for the Georgia business being referred to or implied. It seems to have been understood, that altho’ these public officers were appd. as private individuals, these commissions ceased with their Official characters, and consequently the three commissions are at present vacant.1

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