Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to the Speaker of the House of Delegates, 17 March 1781

To the Speaker of the House of Delegates

In Council March 17th. 1781


I take the liberty of inclosing to the General Assembly the within Proposition from Mr. Ross the Commercial Agent for the State as the Legislature alone can carry it into Effect, should it meet with approbation. I have the Honor to be with very great respect Sir Your, &c.,

T. J.

FC (Vi); at head of text: “To the Speaker of the House of Delegates.” Enclosure: David Ross to TJ, same date, q.v.

TJ’s letter and enclosure were read on 17 Mch. and referred to a committee of the whole House; on 21 Mch. a bill was brought in and passed “for giving certain powers to the Commercial Agent.” However, the House and the Senate disagreed on amendments made by the Senate and further consideration of the bill was postponed to the next session of Assembly (JHD description begins Journal of the House of Delegates of the Commonwealth of Virginia (cited by session and date of publication) description ends , Mch. 1781, Va. State Libr., Bull., 1928, p. 36, 45, 48, 51).

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