Washington Seeks Senate’s Advice On Indian Treaties

1789

The Senate requests that President George Washington personally deliver treaties to the Senate to seek its advice. On August 22, 1789, he appears in the Senate chamber with a series of questions about treaties with Indian tribes. When senators refer his questions to a committee, Washington exclaims, “This defeats every purpose of my coming here!” He returns a few days later to receive the Senate’s responses, but discontinues the practice of presenting treaties in person.