Thomas Jefferson Papers

Resolution for Introduction of Constitutional Amendment, 31 August 1803

Resolution for Introduction of Constitutional Amendment

[August 1803?]

Resolved by the Senate and House of Repr. of the US. two thirds of both houses concurring, that the following amendment to the constitution of the US. be proposed to the legislatures of the several states; which, when ratified by three fourths of the said legislatures shall be valid to all intents & purposes as a part of the sd constitution.

Louisiana, as ceded by France to the US. is made a part of the US.

MS (DLC: Breckinridge Family Papers); entirely in TJ’s hand; undated.

resolved: the location of this manuscript in John Breckinridge’s papers suggests that TJ planned to have Breckinridge introduce the amendment on louisiana. When and how TJ conveyed this resolution to the Kentucky senator is unknown. The opening sentence of the amendment, which TJ used to indicate the full text, was from the version he shared with his advisers in August, beginning with his letter to Gallatin of the 23d. His July draft of an amendment began differently (see Constitutional Amendment on Louisiana at 9 July).

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