Dec. 7. 1807.
The papers now communicated to your house for perusal being to be read in the other house also, and, as originals, to be returned to me, mr Coles, my Secretary, will attend to recieve them, after they shall have been read to the satisfaction of your house; and, having handed them to the other house for the same purpose, he will return them to me. I ask the favor of your aid in having this course pursued, & in preventing their going from the clerk’s table, or copies, or extracts being made from them by any one. I salute you with great esteem & respect.
Dec. 8. The Speaker apprehending it might be necessary for him to read this letter to the house, & that the last paragraph might be offensive, I took back this, & gave him a copy to the words ‘return them to me. and I took back also that to the V. President (not yet delivered) and sent a copy to the word ‘pursued.’
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.