April 2 1816
The 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 integrity, ability and diligence of Thomas L. McKenney, of the district of Columbia, I do appoint him Superintendent of Indian trade, and do authorise 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, unto him the said Thomas L. McKenney during the pleasure of the President of the United States for the time being.
Given under my hand at Washington, this second day of April, in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and sixteen, and in the fortieth year of the Independence of the United States.
By command of the President of the United States...
Wm. H. Crawford, Secretary of War
DNA: RG 59—LSIA—Letters Sent by the Secretary of War Relating to Indian Affairs.