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


ALS, Otho Holland Williams Papers, Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore.

William Smith to Otho H. Williams (excerpt)

I very much regret my not being with you at Eutaw, I am heartily tired here with the delays and dilatory proceeding— ;yesterday the whole day was spent in debate, whether or not the president should have the power of displacing the Secy. of foreign affairs, or only with the Senate's consent. at near four oClock, there appeared more Speakers anxious to be heard, than at the begining, therefore the debate to be renewd this morning, & will probably take another day— ;The President has been indisposed for a day or two past, no levee yesterday, he is now better.