To the Senate and the House of Representatives
Gentlemen of the Senate and of
the House of Representatives.
I now inclose sundry documents supplementary to those communicated to you with my message at the commencement of the session. two others, of considerable importance, the one relating to our transactions with the Barbary powers, the other presenting a view of the offices of the government, shall be communicated as soon as they can be compleated.
Dec. 22. 1801.
RC (DNA: RG 233, PM, 7th Cong., 1st sess.); endorsed by a House clerk, including: “Such documents as relate to the transactions of the United States with the Barbary powers, referred to the Committee appointed to prepare and bring in a bill or bills further and more effectually to protect the Commerce of the United States against the Barbary powers” and “The other document, Containing a Schedule of the whole number of persons within the district of Tennessee, referred to the Committee of the whole House on the bill for the apportionment of Representatives among the Several States, according to the Second enumeration.” PrC (DLC). RC (DNA: RG 46, LPPM, 7th Cong., 1st sess.). Recorded in SJL with notation “documents.” Enclosures: (1) William Eaton to secretary of state, Tunis, 28 June 1801 (RC in DNA: RG 233, PM, endorsed by a House clerk as “No. 1”; PrC in DNA: RG 46, EPFR). (2) Hammuda Pasha, bey of Tunis, to president of the U.S., 15 Apr. 1801 (Tr in DNA: RG 233, PM; PrC in DNA: RG 46, EPFR; printed in Vol. 33:591–2). (3) TJ to Hammuda Pasha, 9 Sep. 1801 (Tr in DNA: RG 233, PM; PrC in DNA: RG 46, EPFR; printed in Vol. 35:240–1). (4) Extract, secretary of the navy to Richard Dale, 20 May 1801 (Tr in DNA: RG 233, PM, misdated 30 May 1801; Tr in DNA: RG 46, EPFR). (5) Extracts of Dale to secretary of the navy, 2, 19 July, 18 Aug. 1801, copy of Andrew Sterett to Dale, 6 Aug., extract of Dale to secretary of the navy, 4 Oct. (Tr in DNA: RG 233, PM, endorsed by a House clerk as “No. 2”; Tr in DNA: RG 46, EPFR, endorsed by a Senate clerk). (6) David Humphreys to secretary of state, 20 Oct. 1801 (Tr in DNA: RG 233, PM, endorsed by a House clerk as “No. 3”; PrC in DNA: RG 46, EPFR). (7) Census schedule “of the whole number of persons in the District of Tennessee,” giving totals, by census categories, for counties and towns in the Mero, Hamilton, and Washington districts for a total population of 105,602 (Tr in DNA: RG 46, LPPM, in a clerk’s hand, including signature of Robert Hays, marshal of the district of Tennessee; endorsed by a Senate clerk). Message and Enclosures Nos. 1–6 printed in ASP description begins American State Papers: Documents, Legislative and Executive, of the Congress of the United States, Washington, D.C., 1832–61, 38 vols. description ends , Foreign Relations, 2:358–61.
Meriwether Lewis delivered the above message and the accompanying documents to the House of Representatives on 22 Dec. The House then referred the papers to two committees that had been created during consideration of TJ’s annual message. The papers pertaining to relations with the Barbary states went to a committee consisting of William Eustis of Massachusetts, Samuel Smith of Maryland, Samuel W. Dana of Connecticut, Samuel L. Mitchill of New York, and William Jones of Pennsylvania. That panel was formed on 15 Dec. to bring in a bill to fulfill a resolution “that the President be authorized, by law, further and more effectually to protect the commerce of the United States against the Barbary Powers.” The census schedule for Tennessee went to a committee consisting of John P. Van Ness of New York, Manasseh Cutler of Massachusetts, and Joseph Stanton, Jr., of Rhode Island. They had been appointed on the 16th to draft legislation following up on a resolution that representation in the House should be in the ratio of one representative for every 33,000 people. The Senate received its copy of the transmittal and the documents from Lewis on 23 Dec. After hearing the papers read, the Senate ordered them “to lie for consideration” (JHR description begins Journal of the House of Representatives of the United States, Washington, D.C., 1826, 9 vols. description ends , 4:18, 19, 24; JS description begins Journal of the Senate of the United States, Washington, D.C., 1820–21, 5 vols. description ends , 163–4).
Two Others: see Gallatin to TJ, 29 Jan. 1802, for the preparation of statements of expenditures pertaining to transactions with the barbary powers. See 16 Feb. 1802 for TJ’s transmittal of those papers and the roll of offices of the government to Congress.