James Madison Papers

Memorandum from Richard Henry Lee, 14 May 1789 (Abstract)

§ Memorandum from Richard Henry Lee

14 May 1789. “The Committee of the Senate appointed to confer with a Committee of the House of representatives upon the Subject of Title have agreed to give it as their opinion to the Senate—That for preserving harmony with the H. of Representatives it will be proper for the present to follow the practise of that House in presenting their Address to the President of the United States without addition of Title.”1

RC (CSmH). 1 p. Undated and unsigned. At the foot of the page is a note in JM’s hand: “Communicated May 14. by Mr. Lee Chairman of the Committee of the Senate, to the Chairman of the Committee of the House of Reps.”

1For Richard Henry Lee’s role in the differences between the House and the Senate on the issue of presidential titles and JM’s speech to the House on titles, see PJM description begins William T. Hutchinson et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison (1st ser., vols. 1–10, Chicago, 1962–77; vols. 11–17, Charlottesville, Va., 1977–91). description ends , 12:148, 154–56 and n., 168, 182–83.

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