January 16, 1816
James Madison, President of the United States of America.
To all who shall see these presents, Greeting:
Know ye, That reposing special Trust and Confidence in the patriotism, Integrity and Abilities of Ninian Edwards of the Illinois Territory, I have nominated, and by and with the advice and consent of the Senate do appoint him Governor in and over the said Territory; and do authorize and empower him to execute and fulfil the duties of that Office according to law; and to Have and to Hold the said office, with all the powers, privileges and emoluments to the same of right appertaining for the term of three years from the day of the date hereof; unless the President of the United States for the time being should be pleased sooner to revoke and determine this Commission.
In Testimony whereof, I have caused these Letters to be made patent, and the Seal of the United States to be hereunto affixed. Given under my hand at the City of Washington the sixteenth day of January a.d. 1816; and of the Independence of the United States the Fortieth.
By the President,
Jas. Monroe, Secy. of State.
Printed Source--Clarence Edwin Carter et al., eds. The Territorial Papers of the United States. 27 vols. (Washington, D.C., 1934-69).: Volume XVII: The Territory of Illinois, 1814-1818.