Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to John Carey, 3 July 1792

To John Carey

July 3. 1792.

Th: Jefferson presents his compliments to Mr. Carey and will with pleasure give him access to any papers of his office which no longer require secrecy. The difficulty will be how to separate these from those still requiring secrecy, without giving Mr. Carey access to the whole, which Th:J. would not think himself free to do. Perhaps Mr. Carey can from the Journals of Congress, or other sources, designate the particular papers he would wish to publish. He shall be ready to confer with Mr. Carey on this subject when he pleases.

RC (MB). PrC (DLC).

Carey’s reply to TJ, dated 13 July 1792 and recorded in SJL as received the same date, has not been found, but he and TJ apparently agreed on some arrangement for access to the State Department archives. See Carey to TJ, 6 Oct. 1792.

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