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Talk of creating three Cabinet positions... Angry Rhode Islanders on the Constitution...



Item # 604901

May 20, 1789

THE DAILY ADVERTISER, New York, May 20, 1789   Page 2 has most of a column taken up with the early: "Congressional Intelligence - House of Representatives" which includes in part discussion on the creation of several Cabinet positions: "...motion was after some debate withdrawn in favor of one made by Mr. Madison, to this effect, Resolved, that it is the opinion of this committee there should be established for the aid of the chief magistrate in executing the duties of his station, the following departments, to wit: a department for foreign affairs, at the head of which shall be an officer called the Secretary of the United States for foreign affairs; that there should be a department of the Treasury, at the head of which shall be, etc., and a department of war, at the head of which etc. To be nominated by the President & appointed by him, with the advice & consent of the senate--and removable by the President..." followed by more discussion, particularly on the ability of the President to remove a person from office (see). Fascinating reading from the discussion of the very founding days of the federal government.
Page 2 also has a great letter from the town of Newport, Rhode Island to the government officials of Rhode Island, admonishing them for not taking steps to debate and then ratify the Constitution. They see their state as being left behind as a part of the new federal government (see).
Also of quaint interest is an ad on page 2 headed: "The President's Household" reading: "Whereas all servants and others, employed to procure provisions or supplies for the Household of the PRESIDENT of the United States, will be furnished with monies for those purposes. Notice is therefore given that no accounts for the payment of which the public might be considered as responsible, are to be opened with any of them. Sam. Fraunces, Steward of the Household." (see).
Four pages, very nice condition.

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