9th may 1796
I have added an authority to concur in arrangements in terms not limited to any particular object; because though I do not perceive any instance which shall require a concurrence, yet it is possible that such an instance may occur—It is qualified by adding "if it be necessary in any instance."
Unless some such authority be given and in some such way it is possible that Capt. Lewis will be the longer delayed in the execution of this business.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.