To the United States Senate and House of Representatives
⟨United States [Philadelphia] February 18th—1793.⟩
Gentlemen of the Senate and of the House of Representatives.
I now lay before you a Report, and Plat of the Territory of the United States, on the Potomac, as given in by the Commissioners of that Territory, together with a letter from the Secretary of State which accompanied them.1 These papers being original, are to be again deposited with the Records of the Department of State, after having answered the purpose of your information.
Df (letterpress copy), in Thomas Jefferson’s writing, DLC: Jefferson Papers; LB, DLC:GW; copy, DNA: RG 233, Second Congress, 1791–1793, House Records of Legislative Proceedings, Journals. The text in angle brackets is from the letter-book copy.
1. Thomas Jefferson enclosed the draft of this message, a plat of the boundary of the federal district, a report from the D.C. commissioners of 1 Jan., and his letter to Congress of 18 Feb. in his letter to GW of 18 February. Both houses of Congress recorded this message on 18 Feb., although the Senate did not receive the plat until the next day, since the only copy had been sent first to the House (Annals of Congress description begins Joseph Gales, Sr., comp. The Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of the United States; with an Appendix, Containing Important State Papers and Public Documents, and All the Laws of a Public Nature. 42 vols. Washington, D.C., 1834–56. description ends , 2d Cong., 2d sess., 649; Journal of the House description begins The Journal of the House of Representatives: George Washington Administration 1789–1797. Edited by Martin P. Claussen. 9 vols. Wilmington, Del., 1977. description ends , 5:124; Journal of the Senate description begins The Journal of the Senate including The Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate: George Washington Administration 1789–1797. Edited by Martin P. Claussen. 9 vols. Wilmington, Del., 1977. description ends , 5:63).