In June 1790 the
Pennsylvania delegation invited the heads of the executive departments to dinner.
Afterwards, Maclay described them in his diary:
Hamilton has a very boyish giddy Manner. our Scotch Irish People
would call him a Skite. Jefferson transgresses on the Extreme of Stiff Gentility,
or lofty Gravity. Knox is the easiest Man, and [has] the most dignity of Presence. . . .
Knox staid longest. As indeed suited his Aspect best. being more of a Bachanalian Figure.
The position of attorney general was created by Congress in the
Judiciary Act of 1789. Washington nominated and the Senate confirmed Edmund Randolph