Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from George Wythe, 1 January 1796

From George Wythe

Richmond, 1 of January, 1796.

G Wythe to T Jefferson

The general assembly, at their late session, enacted that a collection of the laws, public and private, relative to lands, shall be printed. Those, who are appointed to perform the work, despair of doing it, without your aid. If you will permit your copies to be sent hither, I will be answerable for thear restitution in the same order as when they shall be received. Be so good as let me know, if the copies may be obtained, in what manner they may be forwarded, with least inconvenience. Farewell.

RC (DLC). Endorsed by TJ as received 11 Jan. 1796 and so recorded in SJL.

On 4 Dec. 1795, the Virginia Assembly passed legislation which called for the collection of the laws … relative to lands. Those appointed to perform the work, along with Wythe, were John Brown, John Marshall, Bushrod Washington, and John Wickham (Shepherd, Statutes description begins Samuel Shepherd, ed., The Statutes at Large of Virginia, from October Session 1792, to December Session 1806 …, Richmond, 1835–36, 3 vols. description ends , i, 360). For the history of the publication of the collection of laws, see note to Wythe to TJ, 26 Mch. 1795.

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