To George Washington
[7 Nov. 1793]
Mr. Smith supposes the bill he incloses must be laid before Congress. On a former suggestion of the same kind, Th:J. being able to find nothing which rendered it necessary, consulted the Attorney General, who was of opinion it was not necessary, but promised [to]1 make more diligent enquiry. The result will now be asked of him by Th:J.
RC (DNA: RG 59, MLR); undated, but endorsed by Bartholomew Dandridge, Jr., as a 7 Nov. 1793 letter from the Secretary of State. Tr (Lb in same, SDC); dated 7 Nov. 1793. Not recorded in SJL.
The suggestion of Daniel SMITH and the BILL he enclosed are described in Enclosures Nos. 2–3 listed at TJ’s Report on the Proceedings of the Southwest Territory, 7 Nov. 1793. For the former suggestion of the same kind, see Report on the Proceedings of the Southwest Territory, 19 June 1793, and note, and Edmund Randolph to TJ, 25 July 1793.
1. Word supplied.