From William Jackson
Georgetown, 29 Mch. 1791. The enclosed papers “from the Secretary of the Western territory” were received by the President last evening. “His engagements with the Commissioners not permitting him to peruse them during his stay here, he commands me to transmit them to you for your consideration, and he requests, if you should think it necessary, that they may be reported on.”
RC (DNA: RG 59, MLR); at foot of text: “Thomas Jefferson, Esquire, Secretary of State.” FC (DNA: RG 59, SDC). Recorded in SJL as received 2 Apr. 1791. Carter, Terr. Papers description begins The Territorial Papers of the United States, ed. Clarence E. Carter, Washington, 1934–62, 26 vols. description ends , ii, 342n, identifies the enclosed papers as the Journal of Executive Proceedings of the Northwest Territory from 1 Aug. to 31 Dec. 1790. This is no doubt correct. But the Journal alone would have taken Washington only a few minutes to read, since during the period covered the Northwest Territory was virtually without an executive and there were few actions to report (proceedings for this period are in Carter, Terr. Papers description begins The Territorial Papers of the United States, ed. Clarence E. Carter, Washington, 1934–62, 26 vols. description ends , iii, 329–33). St. Clair did not arrive in the Territory until mid-September and Sargent was in the East attending primarily to Scioto affairs (see Editorial Note, proceedings in the Northwest Territory, 14 Dec. 1790). The enclosures must, therefore, have included other documents, though none has been identified and no covering letter from Sargent to the President has been found.