Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to William W. Hening, 28 September 1820

To William W. Hening

Monticello Sep. 28. 20.

I recieve with many thanks, Sir, the two copies of the 7th volume of your valuable work, and am anxious to see it’s completio[n.] when done, I shall gladly resign to you for publication the 4. vols of MS. state papers which I possess. their titles and marks are

A. letters, proclamns, petitions in 1622. 23. & Correspondence 1625.

Transactions in council & assembly, their petition & his majesty’s answer

B. Orders from Feb. 1622. to Nov. 1627.

C. 32. A. { Foreign business & Inquisitions from 1665. to 1676.
Transactions of the Council from Dec. 9. 1698. to May 28. 1700.

In these will be found things of a very interesting nature, & particularly the official correspondence of the Governor & Council with the government of England during the interesting period of the Revolution, shewing truly the views and principles on which that nation acted in it’s government of the colonies. it would have furnished some good matter for mr Walsh’s able Appeal on that subject, and parts of it would certainly be in general demand over the US. Accept the assurance of my friendly esteem and respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); on verso of a reused address cover from Thomas Mann Randolph to TJ; edge trimmed; at foot of text: “Wm W. Hening esq.”; endorsed by TJ.

The Library of Congress acquired these volumes of Virginia state papers from TJ’s estate shortly after his death. They are now in DLC: TJ Papers, ser. 8 (Poor, Jefferson’s Library description begins Nathaniel P. Poor, Catalogue. President Jefferson’s Library, 1829 description ends , 4 [no. 122]; Catalogue of the Library of Congress [1830], 167).

Index Entries

  • American Revolution; books on search
  • American Revolution; materials for study of search
  • An Appeal from the Judgments of Great Britain respecting the United States of America (R. Walsh) search
  • books; on American Revolution search
  • books; on history search
  • George III, king of Great Britain; mentioned search
  • Hening, William Waller; and TJ’s collection of Va. laws search
  • Hening, William Waller; letters to search
  • Hening, William Waller; The Statutes at Large search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; manuscript collection of Va. laws search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; receives works search
  • law; books on search
  • Library of Congress; manuscripts of Va. laws acquired by search
  • The Statutes at Large (W. W. Hening); sent to TJ search
  • The Statutes at Large (W. W. Hening); sources for search
  • Virginia; and origin of American Revolution search
  • Virginia; Council of State search
  • Virginia; governor search
  • Virginia; House of Burgesses search
  • Virginia; laws of search
  • Virginia; TJ’s collection of laws of search
  • Walsh, Robert; An Appeal from the Judgments of Great Britain respecting the United States of America search