Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to the House of Representatives, 31 March 1802

To the House of Representatives

Gentlemen of the
House of Representatives

According to the desire expressed in your resolution of the 23d. instant, I now transmit a report of the Secretary of State, with the letters it refers to, shewing the proceedings which have taken place under the resolution of Congress of the 16th. of April 1800. the term prescribed for the execution of the resolution having elapsed before the person appointed had set1 out on the service, I did not deem it justifiable to commence a course of expenditure after the expiration of the resolution authorising it. the correspondence which has taken place, having regard to dates, will place this subject properly under the view of the House of Representatives.

Th: Jefferson

RC (DNA: RG 233, PM, 7th Cong., 1st sess.). PrC (DLC). Recorded in SJL with notation “mines und. resoln Congr Apr. 16. 1800.” Enclosures: see Madison to TJ, 29 Mch. 1802.

TJ’s message and its enclosures were presented to the House of Representatives on 31 Mch. and ordered to lie on the table (JHR description begins Journal of the House of Representatives of the United States, Washington, D.C., 1826, 9 vols. description ends , 4:169).

1MS: “sat.”

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