To John Dickinson
Mar. 7. 1800.
Th: Jefferson, with his respects to mr Dickinson, begs his acceptance of a copy of a late resolution of the legislature of Virginia. it was drawn by mr Madison, and the value of whatever flows from his pen is sufficiently known. he prays him to accept his friendly salutations and assurances of his constant attachment.
RC (PHi); addressed: “Mr. Dickinson”; endorsed by Dickinson. Not recorded in SJL.
Resolution of the legislature of Virginia: the Philadelphia edition of the Proceedings of the Virginia Assembly, on the Answers of Sundry States to Their Resolutions, Passed in December, 1798 that TJ distributed included Madison’s report to the General Assembly and the assembly’s instructions to Virginia’s U.S. senators. On 24 Feb. TJ paid Philadelphia printer James Carey $5 for 20 copies of the pamphlet (invoice in CSmH; in Carey’s hand and signed by him; directed to TJ at Francis’s Hotel; with TJ’s signed order: “Mr. Barnes be pleased to pay this”). The next day the publication was advertised in the Philadelphia Aurora. See Evans, description begins Charles Evans, Clifford K. Shipton, and Roger P. Bristol, comps., American Bibliography: A Chronological Dictionary of all Books, Pamphlets and Periodical Publications Printed in the United States of America from …1639 …to …1820, Chicago and Worcester, Mass., 1903–59,14 vols. description ends No. 38960, and MB description begins James A. Bear, Jr., and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767–1826, Princeton, 1997, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , 2:1014.