Office of the Secy of the S US 9th Novr 1804
Soon after your message was read in Senate Mr. Duane was applied to for 300 copies for use of the Senate. I put into his hands the copy you laid before the Senate to correct the press. This morning he sent me the printing but had mislaid the copy I put into his hands. He however sent me the copy you were pleased to communicate to the H of R.
On collating the printing I found several variations from the copy laid before the House of R. So many indeed that I deemed it my duty to return the printed copies to Mr. Duane for correction. Since that he hath found the first mentioned copy, with which I have again collated the printing and find they agree.
Had Mr. Duane returned me the copy put into his hands, with the printed copies, no delay would have occurred. As it is I flatter myself no blame is imputable to me.
I have the honour to be Your most obedient humble Sevt
Sam A Otis
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.