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


ALS, Sedgwick Papers, Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston. Written from Pittsfield, Mass.

Henry Van Schaack to Theodore Sedgwick (excerpt)

I am infinitely obliged to you for the pains you have taken to explain to me the utility of the Presidents having the power to remove from Office the executive officers of Government without this power in him I do not think the Government can operate well. But I cannot help wishing that the Constitution had been more explicit on this head. I believe the people here will however acquiesce in the Sentiments of your house in this important business. I shall probably in my next have it in my power to be more explicit than I can now be in this matter.