Volume 34

1 May to 31 July 1801

Volume Details

Selected Documents
18 June 1801

A Connecticut gentleman cautions Jefferson that both political parties expect to share in the plums of political appointment.

3 July 1801

In his reply to Boardman, Jefferson offers no comment on political appointments, but acknowledges receipt of a sermon on religious freedom and articulates the rights of conscience.

18 June 1801

Some Connecticut merchants challenge the removal of a Federalist collector at New Haven and the subsequent appointment of a Republican whom they deemed inadequately qualified for the position. They interpret Jefferson's inaugural address as implying presidential appointments would be merit-based without regard to party.

12 July 1801

Jefferson clarifies misunderstandings over his removal policies, acknowledging the burden of presidential appointments and the reality of political parties.