§ From Uriah Tracy
15 November 1804, Senate Chamber. “The Senate have appointed a Comttee. to enquire if the Laws of the U. States (400 Copies) have been procured pursuant to a Law passed last Session of Congress.1
“You will recollect that the Secy for the Departmt. of State was authorised & requested to make the purchase. Information on that subject is requested by the Comttee.”
RC (DNA: RG 59, ML). 1 p.; docketed by Wagner.
1. For the 27 Mar. 1804 “Act to provide for a more extensive distribution of the Laws of the United States,” see U.S. Statutes at Large description begins The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America … (17 vols.; Boston, 1848–73). description ends , 2:302–3. For JM’s efforts to make the requested purchase, see JM to Tench Coxe, 7 and 28 Apr., Coxe to JM, 21 Apr., and Mathew Carey to JM, 9 and 25 Apr. 1804, PJM-SS description begins Robert J. Brugger et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison: Secretary of State Series (7 vols. to date; Charlottesville, Va., 1986–). description ends , 7:7, 121 and n. 1, 97, 26–27, 110.