From James Monroe
Albemarle Sepr. 5. 1797.
I enclose the paper you were so good as commit to my care yesterday. I have perused it with attention and pleasure, and think its contents ought to be used so as to produce to the publick the beneficial effect likely to result from them. The only doubt which I entertain is as to the channel into which it is proposed to put the paper, whether for example, a state legislature can interfere in a question between a citizen of the U. States and his representative in Congress. It may be urged that the establishment of the principle may lead to great extent, and even make all the members of the National Govt., by a code of crimes and punishments, amenable to state tribunals. I suggest this for your consideration, to which I beg to add whether it would not be better to address it to the Congress? I will endeavor to see you as soon as possible. Sincerely I am yr. friend & servant
RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 5 Sep. 1797 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure: Petition to the Virginia House of Delegates, printed at 3 Aug. 1797.
You were so good as commit to my care yesterday: Monroe and his wife had recently visited Monticello with James and Dolley Madison (Madison, Papers description begins William T. Hutchinson, Robert A. Rutland, J. C. A. Stagg, and others, eds., The Papers of James Madison, Chicago and Charlottesville, 1962– , 26 vols. Sec. of State Ser., 4 vols. description ends , xvii, 36n).