Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Mann Randolph, [25 November 1800]

To Thomas Mann Randolph

mr Madison’s Tuesday morng. [25 Nov. 1800]

Th:J to TMR.

I ought to have brought with me my catalogue of books, but forgot it. it is necessary for me in making out a catalogue for Congress at the desire of their joint commee. it is lying I believe either on the table in my book room, or under the window by the red couch in the Cabinet. will you be so good as to send it to me by return of post, well wrapped & sealed up in strong paper. direct it to me at Washington on Patomac.

Mr. Trist’s information as to the Pensva legislature was not quite exact. the lower house past a bill, which the upper rejected at once. the two houses are decisively pitted against each other. a majority of two Federalists in the upper. Adieu affectionately

RC (DLC); endorsed by Randolph as a letter of 25 Nov. 1800 received on the 27th. Not recorded in SJL.

Catalogue for congress: on 25 Apr. the House of Representatives resolved to establish a joint committee “for the purpose of making out a catalogue of books, and adopting the best mode of procuring a Library, at the City of Washington,” as recommended in Section 5 of the law providing for the removal and accommodation of the government, enacted the previous day. A sum of $5,000 was appropriated for the project. Robert Waln of Pennsylvania and Thomas Evans and Levin Powell of Virginia were appointed by the House to serve on the committee. The Senate agreed to the resolution on 28 Apr. and appointed Samuel Dexter, William Bingham, and Wilson Cary Nicholas to serve (Annals, description begins Annals of the Congress of the United States: The Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of the United States … Compiled from Authentic Materials, Washington, D.C., Gales & Seaton, 1834–56, 42 vols. All editions are undependable and pagination varies from one printing to another. The first two volumes of the set cited here have “Compiled … by Joseph Gales, Senior” on the title page and bear the caption “Gales & Seatons History” on verso and “of Debates in Congress” on recto pages. The remaining volumes bear the caption “History of Congress” on both recto and verso pages. Those using the first two volumes with the latter caption will need to employ the date of the debate or the indexes of debates and speakers. description ends 10:684; JHR description begins Journal of the House of Representatives of the United States, Washington, D.C., 1826, 9 vols. description ends , 3:682–3; JS description begins Journal of the Senate of the United States, Washington, D.C., 1820–21, 5 vols. description ends , 3:81; U.S. Statutes at Large description begins Richard Peters, ed., The Public Statutes at Large of the United States … 1789 to March 3, 1845, Boston, 1855–56, 8 vols. description ends , 2:55–6).

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