To Thomas Mifflin
Philadelphia Nov. 6. 1791.
I am honoured with your favor of yesterday on the subject of the laws of the U.S. furnished to you from my office. I would with pleasure add a third copy, but that, your Excellency will percieve, on turning to the act of Congress which establishes my department, that that has fixed the number of copies of the laws to be furnished by me to the Executives of the states, and of course that the Treasury department could not pass my accounts but by the rule there prescribed. Otherwise the propriety of sending a third copy is too obvious to have produced a moment’s hesitation.—I have the honour to be with the greatest respect & esteem Your Excellency’s most obedt & most humble servt,
PrC (DLC); at foot of text: “H. E. Governour Mifflin.” FC (DNA: RG 360, DL). In his favor of yesterday Mifflin had asked for a third copy of the laws to enable him to give copies to each house of the state legislature and to retain a copy for the executive office (FC in PHMC: Mifflin Adm. Papers).