James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Thomas Jefferson, [29 December] 1801

From Thomas Jefferson


[29 December 1801]

Dear Sir

To compleat the roll of governmental officers on the plan inclosed will give the departments some serious trouble:1 however it is so importan⟨t⟩ to present to the eye of all the constituted authorities, as well as of their constituents, & to keep under their eye, the true extent of the machine of government, that I cannot but recommend to the heads of departments to endeavor to fill up, each, their portion of the roll as compleatly as possib⟨le⟩ and as early too, that it may be presented to the legislature.2 Health and affectionate respect.

P. S. As the Postmaster general has a part to perform, will you instruct him accordingly? I inclose a spare copy of the papers which you can hand him.3

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