Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to John Cleves Symmes, 22 June 1792

To John Cleves Symmes

Philadelphia June 22. 1792.


The several articles of your letter of Jan. 25. which were proper for legislative provision, were put into a proper channel for their notice and have been provided for, as far as they judged expedient by the 19th. 30th. and 42d. chapters of the laws of the late session.

Your letter of Jan. 27. was laid before the President and he permitted me to inform you that explicit orders are given to the Military in the North Western territory to consider themselves as subordinate to the civil power on every occasion where the civil has legal authority to interfere, and this I believe may be counted on for observance.

We are proceeding in the printing the laws of the North Western territory, and seals for the same territory shall be provided whenever it shall be known what seals are wanting. I am Sir your most obedt. humble servt

Th: Jefferson

PrC (DLC); at foot of text: “Judge Symms.” Tr (Lb in DNA: RG 360, DL).

The letters from Symmes have not been found (see note to TJ to Washington, 28 Mch. 1792). The territorial laws were eventually printed under the title of Laws passed in the Territory of the United States North-west of the River Ohio, from the Commencement of the Government to the 31st. of December, 1791 (Philadelphia, 1792). See Evans, description begins Charles Evans, Clifford K. Shipton, and Roger P. Bristol, comps., American Bibliography: A Chronological Dictionary of all Books, Pamphlets and Periodical Publications Printed in the United States of America from … 1639 … to … 1820, Chicago and Worcester, Mass., 1903–59, 14 vols. description ends No. 24633.

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