2 April 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 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, 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 of America.
Secretary of War.
Printed Source--Thomas L. McKenney. Memoirs, Official and Personal (New York: Paine and Burgess, 1846)..