From Daniel Smith
Southwest Territory, 1 Mch. 1791. Enclosing proceedings of Gov. Blount. He has not thought it his duty to notice his proceedings as Superintendent of Indian Affairs.—Must requirement of Act of 13 July 1787 be met by submitting executive proceedings precisely at end of each six months or not exceed that time?—Judge Peery not yet arrived. Distance and danger of going from one district court house to another require that judges reside in territory, otherwise business cannot be done.
RC (DNA: RG 59, SWT); endorsed by TJ as received 21 Apr. 1791 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure: Journal of Executive Proceedings of the Southwest Territory, 22 Oct. 1790 to 26 Feb. 1791 (same; in Smith’s hand and signed by him as “A true Copy … March 1st. 1791”; full text in Carter, Terr. Papers description begins The Territorial Papers of the United States, ed. Clarence E. Carter, Washington, 1934–62, 26 vols. description ends , iv, 429–43).