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Secretary of the Treasury's Opinion Regarding Presidential Power Over Officers' Commissions, Relative to the Court Martial of Richard Hunt

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CollectionMassachusetts Historical Society: John Adams Papers view image
Document Information
Date July 3, 1799
Author Name Oliver Wolcott, Jr. (primary) Location: Treasury Department
Recipient Name James McHenry (primary)
Summary Regarding the issue of officer appointments, Wolcott believes that the laws dictates that officer appointments are made by the concerted action of both the Senate and the president. States opinion that no commission can be issued except one based on prior appointment by the president, as he holds control over such offices. Notes that a law states that all civil commissions must bear the Seal of the United States, but no regulations dictate the form of a military commission. Believes that those who convicted Richard Hunt were military officers fully empowered to do so; notes that questioning their authority might "highly injurious to the service."
Document Format Autograph Letter Signed
Document Notes Enclosed in McHenry to Adams, 07/12/1799.
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Related Persons/Groups James McHenry; Oliver Wolcott; President of the United States; Senate; Richard Hunt; ;
Related Places Treasury Department;
Keywords opinion; Constitution; office; nomination; appointment; commission; Seal of the United States; civil commission; military commission; courts martial; sentence; ;
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