This would prove to be an unfortunate choice. Jackson’s minutes of the proceedings include no more than the motions that were made and the votes that were taken; and even limiting himself to that minimal task, his labors were, at best, dilatory. And when it came time to publish the official journal, the papers were also found to be in a most “disorderly state.” (Jackson then claimed that his minutes were incomplete because he was simultaneously taking notes of the proceedings which he had vowed not to publish during his lifetime, but these alleged notes have never been found.) His appointment as secretary probably owed more to his political connections than his aptitude for the position. Still, when James Madison went back to revise his Notes later in life, he sometimes used the official journal to correct his own records when the two were found to be inconsistent. Nonetheless, it is clear that, at least on some occasions, Madison’s minutes of the votes were superior to Jackson’s – even though Madison was in fact recording notes of the debates at the same time that he was recording the votes.