Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Christopher Gore, 23 June 1791

To Christopher Gore

Philadelphia June 23. 1791.


I am favoured with yours of May 20. and have now the honour to inclose you a post note for 5 D. 84 C. which will be taken up by any custom house officer of the U.S. This should not have been so long delayed, but that I have been absent on a journey from which I am but just returned. The continuance of your attention to procure the laws between 1772. and 1780. which you are so kind as to promise is very obliging. I have it much at heart to have one complete set of the laws of all the states in a deposit where they will be tolerably sure of being preserved.—I have the honour to be with great respect Sir Your most obedt humble servt,

Th: Jefferson

PrC (DLC). FC (DNA: RG 360, PCC No. 120).

Gore’s letter of 20 May, responding to TJ’s of 29 Mch., informed TJ that he had not yet procured copies of the laws of Massachusetts passed between 1772 and 1780, but that he would cheerfully do everything in his power to “fill up the chasm.” He enclosed a receipt for the cost of those already furnished (RC in DNA: RG 59, MLR; endorsed by both TJ and Remsen as received 21 June 1791 and so recorded in SJL).

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