George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Edmund Randolph, 29 January 1794

From Edmund Randolph

Wednesday [29 Jan. 1794]

E. Randolph has the honor of inclosing to the President a memorandum from Mr Taylor, accounting for the delay in the commissions, sent to him this morning.1

AL, DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters; LB, DLC:GW; LB, DNA: RG 59, GW’s Correspondence with His Secretaries of State.

1The enclosed memorandum of this date from George Taylor, Jr., the chief clerk at the State Department, reads: “The Commissions sent to the President to day have been delayed in consequence of the urgent Business of the office, and upon a presumption that no injury would result to the public, the whole of the persons having been commissioned in the recess—except one” (DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters). For a list of the commissions, dated 28 Jan., which GW subsequently signed on 30 Jan., see JPP description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed. The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797. Charlottesville, Va., 1981. description ends , 280–81. For GW’s nomination and the Senate’s approval of these individuals, see GW to U.S. Senate, 27 Dec. 1793 and 2 Jan. 1794, and Senate Executive Journal description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States of America: From the commencement of the First, to the termination of the Nineteenth Congress. Vol. 1. Washington, D.C., 1828. description ends , 143–44.

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