21 May 1796
To all who shal see theese Presents—Greeting
Know Ye, that reposing special Trust and Confidence in the Abilities and Integrity of Frederick Jacob Wichelhausen of Bremen, I have nominated and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate do appoint him Consul of the United States of America for the Port of Bremen; and do authorize and empower him to have and to hold the said office and to exercise and enjoy all the Rights, Preeminences, Privileges and Authorities to the same of Right appertaining, during the pleasure of the President of the United States for the time being. He demanding and receiving no Fees or Perquisites of Office whatever, which shall not be expressly established by some Law of the said United States: And I do hereby enjoin all Capitains, Masters and Commanders of Ships and other Vessels armed or unarmed sailing under the Flag of the said States, as well as all other of their Citizens to acknowledge and consider him the said Frederick Jacob Wichelhausen accordingly. And I do hereby pray and request all Powers and Authorities therein and thereover to permit the said Frederick Jacob Wichelhausen fully and peaceably to enjoy and exercise the said office without giving or suffering to be given unto him any molestation or trouble, but on the contrary to afford him all proper countenance and assistance, I offering to do the same for all those who shall in like manner be recommended to me by the said Powers and Authorities.
In Testimony whereof I have caused these letters to be made patent and the Seal of the United States to be hereunto affixed. Given under my hand at the City of Philadelphia This Twenty first day of May in the year of our Lord One thousand seven hundred and ninety six and of the Independence of the United States of America the Twentieth.
By the President of the United States
Secretary of State