From Samuel H. Smith
Washington Oct. 14. 1814
As You will have seen by the Newspapers the Library Come of the Senate reported with great promptness a resolution to authorise them to contract for the library, and in terms worthy of the object, wch the Senate as promptly adopted.
A similar recommendation having subsequently gone to the House from their committee was discussed on Tuesday. I understand, from the indication of sentiment, furnished by this discission,2 as well as from conversation with a number of members, that a decided majority are in favor of the offer; the opposition made was from the federal side of the House, and was rather incidental than direct. I entertain scarcely a doubt of the eventual adoption of the resolution, and that, probably, within a few days. You are, however perfectly acquainted with the mode of transacting business in a large deliberate-body, and know how difficult it is to make any accurate calculation of the period within wch any pending measure will be drawn to a close. Should a determination take place I will not fail to advise You of it without delay, directing3 to Monticello, until otherwise desired.
Be pleased to give our best remembrances to Mr & Mrs Randolph with the other members of Your family, and [ac]cept my assurances of high and unequivocal respect & regard.
Sa H Smith
RC (DLC); torn at seal; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esquire Monticello Virga”; franked; postmarked Washington, 15 Oct.; endorsed by TJ as received 19 Oct. 1814 and so recorded in SJL.
On Tuesday, 11 Oct. 1814, Jotham Post of the federal side of the United States House of Representatives unsuccessfully proposed that it “re-consider the vote giving leave to the committeee of the Whole House to sit again on the resolution aforesaid” (JHR description begins Journal of the House of Representatives of the United States description ends , 9:472).
1. Manuscript: “receivig.”
2. Thus in manuscript, intending either “decision” or “discussion.”
3. Manuscript: “directig.”
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