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8816. VICE-PRESIDENCY, Oath of office.—

I have turned to the Constitution and
laws, and find nothing to warrant the opinion
that I might not have been qualified here
[Monticello] or wherever else I could meet
with a Senator; any member of that body
being authorized to administer the oath, without
being confined to time or place, and consequently
to make a record of it, and to deposit
it with the records of the Senate. However,
I shall come on, on the principle which
had first determined me—respect to the public.—
To James Madison. Washington ed. iv, 167. Ford ed., vii, 116.
(M. 1797)