SIR: The committee have just received Your Excellency’s letter of the 20th, and will be at Elizabeth Town on Thursday morning.
I must beg Your Excellency will alight at my house, where the committee will attend, and where it will give me (in a particular manner) the utmost pleasure to receive you.
I have the honor to be, with the most profound respect, sir, your most obedient and very humble servant,
LETTER FROM THE HONORABLE ELIAS BOUDINOT, APRIL 23, 1789.
ELIZABETH TOWN, Wednesday Evening.
His Excellency GEORGE WASHINGTON, Esq.
SIR: I have the honor of informing Your Excellency that the committees of both Houses arrived here this afternoon, and will be ready to receive Your Excellency at my house as soon as you can arrive here to-morrow morning.
If you, sir, will honor us with your company at breakfast, it will give us great pleasure. We shall wait Your Excellency’s arrival in hopes of that gratification. You can have a room to dress in, if you should think it necessary, as convenient as you can have it in town.
I have the honor to be Your Excellency’s most obedient humble servant,
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE UNITED STATES
Saturday, April 25, 1789.
Mr. Benson, from the committee appointed to consider of the time, place, and manner in which, and of the person by whom, the oath prescribed by the Constitution shall be administered to the President of the United States, and to confer with a committee of the Senate, appointed for the purpose, reported as followeth:
That the President hath been pleased to signify to them that any time or place which both Houses may think proper to appoint and any manner which shall appear most eligible to them will be convenient and acceptable to him.
That requisite preparations can not probably be made before Thursday next; that the President be on that day formally received in the Senate Chamber; that the Representatives’ Chamber being capable of receiving the greater number of persons, that therefore the President do take the oath in that place and in the presence of both Houses; that after the formal reception of the President in the Senate Chamber he be attended by both Houses to the Representatives’ Chamber, and that the oath be administered by the chancellor of this State.
The committee further report it as their opinion that it will be proper that a committee of both Houses be appointed to take order for further conducting the ceremonial.
The said report was twice read, and on the question put thereupon was agreed to by the House.
Ordered, That Mr. Benson, Mr. Ames, and Mr. Carroll be a committee on the part of this House pursuant to the said report.