Department of State Decr 16. 1796.
The Secretary of State respectfully lays before the President of the United States a list of appointments which have been made during the recess of the Senate. The list No. 2. accompanies the former, mentioning, where known, the occasion of those appointments.
The Secretary had the first list prepared in that simple form, because he thought it might seem to the President unpleasant to note the cause of some of the appointments; for instance, the recall of Mr Monroe, and the removal of Mr Parish the Consul at Hamburg; for if the causes are noticed in his nomination, they will appear in the public papers, and as if announced by his authority.
DNA: RG 59—ML—Miscellaneous Letters.