George Washington Papers

To George Washington from James Madison, 6 April 1789

From James Madison

N. York April1 6th 1789.

Dear Sir

The arrival of R.H. Lee yesterday has made up a Quorum of the Senate. a Quorum in the other House was made on Wednesday last. The ballots will be opened today unless an indisposition of Mr Basset should prevent, which was not probable yesterday afternoon. The notifications to the President & Vice President will be left to the Senate. Mr Charles Thomson will be the messenger to the former.2

The papers will have made known that Mr Mulenburg was the choice of the Representatives for their Speaker, & Mr Beckley for their Clerk.3 The competitor of the former was Mr Trumbul who had a respectable vote: of the latter Mr S. Stockton of new Jersey, who on the first ballot had the same number with Mr Beckley.

A British packet arrived some days ago, but has not brought, as far as I have learned, any public letters. The other information brought has passed into our Gazettes and will have reached you thro’ that channel. I am Dear Sir with the highest respect & attachment Your Obedt & very hble servt

Js Madison Jr

Your favor inclosing a letter recd at Mount Vernon for me has been duly received.

ALS, DLC:GW; copy, DLC: Madison Papers.

1Madison originally wrote “March”; he corrected it to “April” but neglected to strike out the original word.

2For the failure of Congress to achieve a quorum, see Henry Knox to GW, 5 Mar. 1789, n.1. For the counting of the electoral vote, see Knox to GW, 23 Mar. 1789, n.4.

3For the election of the speaker and clerk of the House of Representatives, see Knox to GW, 2 April 1789, n.1.

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