THOMAS JEFFERSON - DOCUMENT SIGNED 05/30/1801 CO-SIGNED BY: JAMES MADISON For Sale
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THOMAS JEFFERSON - DOCUMENT SIGNED 05/30/1801 CO-SIGNED BY: JAMES MADISON:
HistoryForSaletm Autographs & ManuscriptsMake an Offer Today and Get a Quick Response!Take a Look at This Week's Specials!PRESIDENT THOMAS JEFFERSON - DOCUMENT SIGNED 05/30/1801 CO-SIGNED BY: PRESIDENT JAMES MADISON - HFSID 277706THOMAS JEFFERSON and JAMES MADISON
This diplomatic document dates from the United States' early years. It is addressed to the
Citizens Directors of the Republic of Batavia, now the Netherlands, and pertains to
resignation of American ambassador William Vans Murray. During the Quasi-War,
Murray led peace negotiations with France. A wonderful document linking three
historically important Americans
Document signed: "Th. Jefferson" as President of the United States and "James Madison" as
Secretary of State. 1 page, 11x18, 1 sheet folded, front and verso, with docketing on verso:
"To the Exeuctive Deictroy/of the Batavian Republic". Washington, D.C., May 30, 1801.
Titled: "Thomas Jefferson President of the United States of America To the Exceutive Directory
of the Batavian Republic". In full: "Citizens Directors The interests of the United States which
were committed to the care of William Vans Murray, their Minister Resident near the Bata-vian
Republic, admitting of his absence, we have yielded to his request to be permitted to return to
America. He will accordingly take his leave of you, and will embrace that occasion to assure you of
our friendship and sincere desire to preserve and strengthen the harmony and good understanding
so happily subsisting between the Batavian Republic and the United States. We are persuaded he
will do this in the manner most expressive of these sentiments, and of the respect and sincerity
with which they are offered. We pray God to keep you, Citizens Directors, under his Holy
protection." The diplomat mentioned in this document, William Vans Murray, had an
important role in the early history of the United States. He was ambassador to the Republic
of Batavia, now the Netherlands. President George Washington appointed Murray as
ambassador in 1797; he had been a Maryland Congressman for six years before his
appointment. In 1799, President John Adams named Williams as a peace envoy and
plenipotentiary to France during the Quasi-War: an undeclared war with France fought
entirely at sea over pirate attacks on American commercial ships. Williams resigned from
his ambassador post in 1801 and returned to his home in Cambridge, Maryland, where he
died two years later. THOMAS JEFFERSON (1743-1826) served as third U.S. President
from 1801 to 1809. A former delegate to the Continental Congress from Virginia
(1775-1776, 1783-1784), Jefferson drafted and signed the Declaration of Independence
(1776). He then served as Governor of Virginia (1779-1781) and as a member of Virginia's
state legislature (1782). Named U.S. Minister to France in 1785, Jefferson remained
abroad until 1789, when he was asked by George Washington to be his Secretary of State
(1790-1793). Jefferson then served as Vice President under John Adams (1797-1801) until
being elected President. A man of many talents, Jefferson has been called "the Sage of
Monticello" and "the Father of the University of Virginia". JAMES MADISON
(1751-1836), America's fourth President (1809-1817), had a mixed record as chief
executive, suffering the indignity of having his White House burned by British troops, but his
contribution to American liberty is enormous. A veteran of the Virginia legislature and the
Continental Congress, Madison earned the sobriquet "Father of the Constitution" for his
role in the shaping of the document. In fact, his thorough notes on the Constitutional
Convention, deliberately withheld until 1840 when all participants were dead, is our principal
source of information on its debates. He wrote at least 26 of the "Federalist Papers", the
lucid expositions on the advantages of a federal system. The papers proved invaluable in
securing the ratification of the Constitution in the state conventions as they demonstrated that
individual rights could be protected within a strong federal government. He was equally
responsible, as a Congressional leader, for adoption of the Bill of Rights. As leader of the
emerging Democratic-Republican Party in the federal Congress, and as Secretary of State
(1801-1809) as well as President, he was among the most important of the "Founding
Fathers." Lightly toned, stained, foxed, and creased. Holes in verso, which touch docket, but
not signatures. Folded twice horizontally and vertically. Folds are worn and torn. Otherwise,
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