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Appointment of a National Printer

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CollectionMassachusetts Historical Society: John Adams Papers view image
CollectionLibrary of Congress: MMC, McHenry, James (no image)
Document Information
Date April 29, 1800
Author Name James McHenry (primary) Location: War Department
Recipient Name John Adams (primary)
Summary Discusses the legality of the President hiring a printer. He says that if a permanent, paid position serving all the government departments is contemplated, the position must be signed into law. Quotes the Constitution on presidential appointment powers; notes that if the documents printed by the man in question are supposed to carry the authority of the president and other government officials, he must be approved by the Senate. Notes that while the president and departments may use a common printer, he must be paid for work as a private citizen. Agrees on the necessity of having a printer to publish public documents produced by both the president and Congress, and notes that while the government will shortly move to Washington, no printer resides in that city. Recommends the passage of a law authorizing the president to appoint as necessary a Printer of the United States, to publish all public government documents, and to be paid either by salary or by the job (McHenry prefers the latter, as the former might encourage sloth).
Document Format Autograph Letter Signed
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Related Persons/Groups John Adams; James McHenry; Heads of Departments; Attorney General; Charles Lee; printer; Senate; ;
Related Places War Department; City of Washington; ;
Keywords appointment; Constitution; salary; public acts; proclamations; publications; state papers; treaties; official papers; ;
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