Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from William Bingham, 14 June 1792

From William Bingham

Philada June 14. 1792.


I will use every Exertion to procure Copies of the Laws that you are desirous of obtaining in order to compleat your Sett of the Pennsylvania Code.

Fully concurring in opinion with you on the Necessity of the general Government being possessed of the respective Laws of the Several States and aware of the difficulty of procuring them I introduced into a Bill during the last Session of the Legislature, a Clause that induces a Duty, on the Part of the Secretary of the Commonwealth, to furnish regularly to the Secretary of the State, a Copy of the Laws that may be passed during each Session, So that henceforward your office will be regularly Supplied with the legislative Acts of Pennsylvania. I have the Honor to be with Respect & esteem Sir Your obedt hble sevt

Wm Bingham

RC (DNA: RG 59, MLR); at foot of text: “Honble Secretary of State”; endorsed by TJ as received 16 June 1792 and so recorded in SJL. According to SJL, TJ wrote a letter to Bingham on 15 June 1792, but it has not been found.

On 9 Aug. 1792 Alexander J. Dallas, secretary of Pennsylvania, transmitted to Alexander Hamilton, Henry Knox, and TJ copies of the laws passed by the last session of the Pennsylvania General Assembly (FC in PHarH: Mifflin Administration Papers, addressed to Hamilton; FC in same, Secretary’s Letterbooks).

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