Thomas Jefferson Papers

George Washington to the Senate, 8 November 1792

George Washington to the Senate

Gentlemen of the Senate

I now lay before you a letter from the Secretary of State, covering the copy of one from the Governor of Virginia with the several papers therein referred to, on the subject of the boundary between that State and the territory of the United States, south of the Ohio.

It will remain with the Legislature to take such measures as it shall think best for settling the said boundary with that State, and at the same time, if it thinks proper, for extending the settlement to the State of Kentucky, between which and the same territory the boundary is as yet undetermined.

PrC (DLC); in the hand of George Taylor, Jr., except for date in TJ’s hand. Recorded in SJPL.

Washington adopted TJ’s formulation as the text of his message to the Senate and the House of Representatives of 9 Nov. 1792 (Fitzpatrick, Writings, description begins John C. Fitzpatrick, ed., The Writings of George Washington, Washington, D.C., 1931–44, 39 vols. description ends xxxii, 214). For the enclosures, see TJ to Washington, 2 Nov. 1792.

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