Defending the Judeo-Christian Ethic, Limited Government, & the American Constitution
Sunday December 14th 2014

Jefferson’s “State of the Union” in 1805? Part 1

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP

…  when the nations of Europe are in commotion and arming against each other … a meeting of the representatives of the nation in both Houses of Congress has become more than usually desirable…

we in the first place notice the late affliction of two of our cities under the fatal fever which in latter times has occasionally visited our shores. Providence in His goodness gave it an early termination on this occasion and lessened the number of victims which have usually fallen before it …

Our coasts have been infested and our harbors watched by private armed vessels …

The same system of hovering on our coasts and harbors … has been also carried on by public armed ships to the great annoyance and oppression of our commerce …

With Spain our negotiations for a settlement of differences have not had a satisfactory issue…

In reviewing these injuries from some of the belligerent powers … you will consider whether … to organize or class the militia as would enable us on any sudden emergency …

Considerable provision has been made … for the construction of ships of war of 74 guns …

Source: Fifth Annual Message to Congress, December 3, 1805


Patrick Lee’s Explanation

Effective leaders keep their partners in leadership well-informed.

President Obama just delivered his State of the Union address, as required by the Constitution. It was his 5th annual message, and the first after his re-election. Here are excerpts from Jefferson’s corresponding message, delivered in writing to Congress, not as an address.

I’ve excerpted his 2,900 word message into less than 400 words, divided into two posts. I’ve included each of the major issues he addressed.
Several notes:
1. He welcomed Congress’ return, because world events were troublesome.
2. His first concern was public health, thanking “Providence in His goodness” for sparing them a worse plague.
3. His major concerns were national defense and foreign relations, two of the few responsibilities of the national government.
4. He wanted a more effective militia and a stronger navy to deal with foreign threats.

The 9th U.S. Congress convened for one day for Jefferson’s inauguration, March 4, 1805, and then adjourned until December 2. That explains why his Annual Message came at the end of the year, when Congress first met to take up its business.

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