From Edmund Randolph
Philadelphia December 3 [i.e. 5] 1791.
I have perused the abstract of the case of Thomas Pagan, which I received from you this morning.
Altho’ I cannot entertain a momentary doubt of the facts, therein asserted; yet am I compelled by the rules of official responsibility, to request a copy of the record, from which those facts are derived, before I give an opinion on the subject. In procuring this record no time ought to be lost. For the supreme court of the United States will sit on the first Monday of february next; and if it should appear upon a more mature examination, that they can and ought to interpose, some preparatory notices may probably be necessary.—I have the honor, Sir, to be with true esteem your mo. ob. serv.,
RC (DNA: RG 59, NL); although clearly dated “December 3,” this letter was undoubtedly written on 5 Dec. 1791, the date on which its receipt is recorded in SJL and endorsed on it by TJ and the date on which TJ transmitted the document here acknowledged.