To the Senate and the House of Representatives
To the Senate & House of Representatives
of the United States.
I now communicate a digest of the information I have recieved relative to Louisiana, which may be useful to the legislature in providing for the government of the country. a translation of the most important laws in force in that province, now in the press, shall be the subject of a supplementory communication, with such further and material information as may yet come to hand.
RC (DNA: RG 46, LPPM, 8th Cong., 1st sess.); endorsed by a Senate clerk. PrC (DLC). RC (DNA: RG 233, PM, 8th Cong., 1st sess.). Recorded in SJL with notation “Louisiana documents.” Enclosure: see below. Message and enclosure printed in ASP description begins American State Papers: Documents, Legislative and Executive, of the Congress of the United States, Washington, D.C., 1832-61, 38 vols. description ends , Miscellaneous, 1:344-56.
Lewis Harvie delivered TJ’s message and digest of information to the Senate on 14 Nov. and to the House of Representatives the following day. The Senate ordered the message and digest to lie for consideration, while the House referred them to the committee appointed on 27 Oct. to arrange the governance of Louisiana (JS description begins Journal of the Senate of the United States, Washington, D.C., 1820-21, 5 vols. description ends , 3:311; JHR description begins Journal of the House of Representatives of the United States, Washington, D.C., 1826, 9 vols. description ends , 4:443).
Congress likely received a printed version of the digest, although the original enclosure was not preserved in congressional records. The work, compiled from information the administration received from Daniel Clark and other informants and possibly from published accounts as well, was published widely as An Account of Louisiana, Being an Abstract of Documents, in the Offices of the Departments of State, and of the Treasury (Shaw-Shoemaker description begins Ralph R. Shaw and Richard H. Shoemaker, comps., American Bibliography: A Preliminary Checklist for 1801-1819, New York, 1958-63, 22 vols. description ends , Nos. 3615, 3617-21, and 5196; Washington Universal Gazette, 17 Nov. 1803; James Madison to TJ, 5 Nov.; John Bradford to TJ, 29 Nov.). On 29 Nov., TJ sent Congress the translation of laws in Louisiana, and at least two subsequent printings of the Account included it as an appendix (Shaw-Shoemaker description begins Ralph R. Shaw and Richard H. Shoemaker, comps., American Bibliography: A Preliminary Checklist for 1801-1819, New York, 1958-63, 22 vols. description ends , Nos. 5197, 5199).