To the United States Senate and House of Representatives
United States [Philadelphia] November 9th 1792.
Gentlemen of the Senate and of the House of Representatives;
I now lay before you, a letter from the Secretary of State, covering the copy of one from the Governor of Virginia, with the several papers therein referred to, on the subject of the boundary between that State, and the territory of the United States, south of the river1 Ohio. It will remain with the Legislature to take such measures, as it shall think best, for settling the said boundary with that State, and at the same time, if it thinks proper, for extending the settlement to the State of Kentucky, between which and the same territory, the boundary is, as yet, undetermined.2
Copy, DNA: RG 233, Second Congress, 1791–93, House Records of Legislative Proceedings, President’s Messages; LB, DLC:GW; Df (letterpress copy), in George Taylor, Jr.’s writing, DLC: Jefferson Papers. The date of “Nov. 8. 1792” on the letterpress copy of the draft is in Jefferson’s writing.
1. The word “river” does not appear in either the letter-book copy or the draft.