Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Benjamin Harrison, 8 June 1779

To Benjamin Harrison

In Council June 8. 1779.


Since receiving the resolutions of Congress calling for an additional sum of money, which I had the honor of transmitting to you yesterday, the inclosed address relating to the same subject, with the letter accompanying it has come to hand. I take the liberty through you of communicating it to the General assembly, and am Sir with the greatest esteem Your most obedient & most humble servant,

Th: Jefferson

RC (ViW). Addressed in an unidentified hand to Harrison as Speaker. Endorsed: “Govrs. letter June 10. 1779. inclosing address to people as to taxation.” Enclosure: see explanatory note.

Resolutions of congress: These were the additional state quotas voted on 21 May (copy transmitted by Charles Thomson to TJ is in Vi); see entry for TJ’s missing letter to Harrison of 7 June, above. The inclosed address: Doubtless a copy of the Address to the Inhabitants of the United States of America (Evans 16636) drafted by John Dickinson, agreed upon in Congress, 26 May, and ordered printed (JCC description begins Worthington C. Ford and others, eds., Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774–1789, Washington, D.C., 1904–37, 34 vols. description ends , xiv, 649–57). The House of Delegates ordered the Address to be printed in Va. Gaz. description begins Virginia Gazette (Williamsburg, 1751–1780, and Richmond, 1780–1781). Abbreviations for publishers of the several newspapers of this name, frequently published concurrently, include the following: C & D (Clarkson & Davis), D & H (Dixon & Hunter), D &N (Dixon & Nicolson), P & D (Purdie & Dixon). In all other cases the publisher’s name is not abbreviated. description ends (JHD description begins Journal of the House of Delegates of the Commonwealth of Virginia (cited by session and date of publication) description ends , May 1779, 1827 edn., p. 39).

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