Annotations on Copy of
Report on Restoring Public Credit
MS (LC: Jefferson Papers, IX, fol. 1458).
Although it would be reasonable to expect that JM, on the eve of Jefferson’s departure on 12 April from Philadelphia for Virginia, annotated for his friend’s information a printed copy of the original report on restoring public credit so as to indicate the major changes made by Congress in the report before that date, it appears that he either wrote these annotations prior to 27 March 1783 or, if later, failed to point out an important amendment adopted on that day. The paragraph numbers mentioned below conform with the sequence of paragraphs of the report as printed in JCC description begins Worthington Chauncey Ford et al., eds., Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774–1789 (34 vols.; Washington, 1904–37). description ends , XXIV, 170–74, which varies slightly from the text as printed in the Report on Restoring Public Credit of 6 March. See also Memo. on a Revenue Plan, 6 Mar., and hdn.; JM Notes, 7 Mar., and ed. n., nn. 2, 3; JM to Jefferson, 22 Apr., and n. 9; to Randolph, 22 Apr. 1783; Boyd, Papers of Jefferson description begins Julian P. Boyd et al., eds., The Papers of Thomas Jefferson (18 vols. to date; Princeton, N.J., 1950——). description ends , VI, 263–64, n.
[ca. 26 March 1783]
(a) in the left margin opposite the beginning of the fourth paragraph, “tuesday mar: 11. on motion of mr dyer, amendt. agreeably to the resolution of 16 day of decmr.”1
(b) within the blank space in the fourth paragraph near its close, “one month”2
(c) within the blank space in the fifth paragraph near its close, “2. mi drs. annuly.”3
(d) after the final words of the sixth paragraph, “according to such rule as is or may be prescribed by the Arts. of Confederation”4
2. Congress probably agreed to this insertion on 18 March (Report on Restoring Public Credit, 6 Mar. 1783, n. 6).
3. It was not until 7 April that Congress accepted an amendment, offered three days earlier, to requisition the states annually for $1,500,000 rather than $2,000,000 (JM Notes, 4 Apr.; 7 Apr. 1783; JCC description begins Worthington Chauncey Ford et al., eds., Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774–1789 (34 vols.; Washington, 1904–37). description ends , XXIV, 231).
4. The sixth paragraph, “being judged not sufficiently explicit,” was recommitted on 21 March (JM Notes, 21 Mar. 1783). By 27 March the clause no longer stood “after the final words” but in slightly altered form had been inserted within an enlarged sixth paragraph of the original report (Amendment to Report on Public Credit, 27 Mar., and nn. 2, 6; JM Notes, 27 Mar., and n. 3; JCC description begins Worthington Chauncey Ford et al., eds., Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774–1789 (34 vols.; Washington, 1904–37). description ends , XXIV, 189, 214, 258). For this reason, and because JM made no note of the other extensive revisions of the sixth paragraph adopted by Congress on 27 March, he probably annotated the copy for Jefferson before that date.