Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, 21 November 1791

To the Speaker of the House of Representatives

Philadelphia Nov. 21. 1791.


I have now the honour to inclose you a Report on the petition of Jacob Isaacs, referred to me at the last session of the late Congress, with instruction to report thereon. The reference was made a week only before the rising of Congress, and as a compliance with it required that seawater should be procured, and experiments be made on it, it was not practicable to make the report to that session. I also inclose a blank permit with a copy of the report printed on the back of it, in order to shew that the proposition I have therein taken the liberty of making is perfectly practicable. I have the honour to be with sentiments of the most perfect esteem & respect, Sir, Your most obedt. & most humble servt,

Th: Jefferson

PrC (DLC). At foot of letter: “The Speaker of the H. of Representatives.” Tr (DNA: RG 59, SDR). TJ wrote a similar letter to Washington, omitting the explanation of the time required in completing the report and enclosing a blank ship’s permit with printed report on verso (RC of letter in Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute; printed report in DNA: RG 59, MLR; endorsed by Lear; other copies of letter: PrC in DLC; Tr in DNA: RG 59, SDC; Tr in DNA: RG 360, DL).

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