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From Thomas Jefferson to the Senate and the House of Representatives, 22 March 1804

To the Senate and
the House of Representatives

To the Senate and
House of Representatives of the US.

I lay before Congress the last returns of the militia of the US. their incompleatness is much to be regretted and it’s remedy may at some future time be a subject worthy the attention of Congress.

Th: Jefferson

Mar. 22. 1804.

RC (DNA: RG 233, PM, 8th Cong., 1st sess.); endorsed by a House clerk. RC (DNA: RG 46, LPPM, 8th Cong., 1st sess.); endorsed by a Senate clerk. PoC (DLC). Notation in SJL: “militia return.” Enclosure: see Dearborn to TJ, 20 Mch.

Lewis Harvie presented TJ’s message and the accompanying returns to the Senate and House of Representatives on 22 Mch., where they were read and ordered to lie on the table (JHR description begins Journal of the House of Representatives of the United States, Washington, D.C., 1826, 9 vols. description ends , 4:673; JS description begins Journal of the Senate of the United States, Washington, D.C., 1820-21, 5 vols. description ends , 3:388). The papers were subsequently printed as Message from the President of the United States, Transmitting to Congress the Last Returns of the Militia of the United States. 22d March, 1804 (Washington, D.C., 1804).

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