Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from James Monroe, 18 March 180[0]

From James Monroe

Richmond March 18th. 180[0]


I have the pleasure to transmit you a copy of the report of a Committee of the House of Delegates on the proceedings of several of the States on certain Resolutions of the General Assembly passed at a former Session on the alien and sedition laws of the United States—as also certain instructions to our Senators in Congress on the same subjects. and am Sir with great respect and esteem your obedt. Servant

Jas. Monroe

RC (ViU); in a clerk’s hand, signed by Monroe; torn, final digit of date lost, a later hand having supplied a “2” for it; notation in later hand identifies TJ as the recipient.

Evidently the enclosed report was an incomplete copy of Communications from Several States, on the Resolutions of the Legislature of Virginia, Respecting the Alien & Sedition Laws (Richmond, 1800; 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. 38952); see TJ to Monroe, 26 Mch. The General Assembly resolved on 20 Jan. to publish 5,000 copies, and printing was complete by 28 Mch., the date of a printed circular that Monroe used as a cover letter for batches of the publication sent throughout the state (Preston, Catalogue description begins Daniel Preston, A Comprehensive Catalogue of the Correspondence and Papers of James Monroe, Westport, Conn., 2001, 2 vols. description ends , 1:77–8; 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–, 27 vols. description ends , 17:374–5). An earlier printing of Madison’s report ordered by the assembly, called a Report of the Committee to Whom was Committed the Proceedings of Sundry of the Other States, did not include the instructions to the Senators (see Madison to TJ, 29 Dec. 1799).

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