ALS, French Collection, Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston.
By the papers you will see a most interesting debate has been had in the House of Representatives— respecting the giving the President power to remove certain Officers— it has passed and must therefore come before the Senate— and is, with respect to that Body, a very delicate question— Whichever way may turn the Question, Censure will follow because their power will be effected by the decision— or perhaps it may be said the Constitution.
Having wrote in my letter of ye 19th fully to you, there is less occasion to add at present
Let me know the Judges & other Gentlemen's Opinion on the above Question.
Documentary History of the First Federal Congress of
the United States of America,
ed. Charlene Bickford, et al. (Columbia, S.C.: Model Editions Partnership,
2002). XML version based on unpublished letters.
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