The Documentary History of the First Federal Congress of the United States of America, 1789-1791


ALS, Ellery Letters, Rhode Island State Archives, Providence.

William Ellery to Benjamin Huntington (excerpt)

I have seen your debates upon the power of the President to remove Officers, appointed by his nomination and the approbation of the Senate, and was much pleased with the good sense that was displayed on that occasion— ; There was nothing in the conduct of that debate, that was in the least disagreeable to any of my acquaintances; but an expression which dropped accidentally from my friend Mr. Gerry.