§ From Charles Thomson
1 December 1804. “Enclosed I send you an explanation of the Device for an armorial Atchievement and Reverse of a Great Seal for the United States in congress assembled.”
RC (DNA: RG 59, ML); enclosures (DNA: RG 360; reproduced in Papers of the Continental Congress, 179–80). RC 1 p.; damaged by removal of seal; docketed by Wagner as received 1 Dec. 1804. The enclosures (2 pp.) are a description and sketch of the proposed great seal. RC and first enclosure printed in 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 , 2:289–90, where the RC is misdated 1 Dec. 1801.