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Duties of Secretary of State

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Date March 4, 1794
Author Name Henry Knox (primary)
Recipient Name Edmund Randolph (primary)
Summary Memorandum from Secretary Knox to Secretary Randolph discussing foreign inquires and the publication of official communications. Knox seeks delineation of bureaucratic responsibilities in matters of foreign correspondence. Argues that the Secretary of State ought to be the "national organ and not merely the executive for foreign commerce," and that therefore it is his duty to answer the inquiries of foreign ministers relative to the publication of official communications.
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Related Persons/Groups Henry Knox; Secretary of State; House of Representatives;
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Keywords If the secretary of state be the national organ and not merely the executive for foreign commerce; is it not in his line to answer the inquires of foreign ministers relative to the publication of official communications; if not to whom is the foreign minister to apply; uninformed whether or not the publication be authorized; humbly conceive that it would be strictly proper to say so.;
Key Phrases If the secretary of state be the national organ and not merely the executive for foreign commerce; is it not in his line to answer the inquires of foreign ministers relative to the publication of official communications; if not to whom is the foreign minister to apply; uninformed whether or not the publication be authorized; humbly conceive that it would be strictly proper to say so.
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