James Madison Papers

Resolution for Printing and Distributing Session Laws, [18 January] 1786

Resolution for Printing and
Distributing Session Laws

[18 January 1786]

Resolved, That so soon as the copies of the laws allotted to the several counties, other than the counties in Kentucky, shall be printed, the same be distributed under the order of the Executive, by expresses, who shall be paid out of the contingent fund.1

Printed Copy (JHDV description begins Journal of the House of Delegates of the Commonwealth of Virginia; Begun and Held at the Capitol, in the City of Williamsburg. Beginning in 1780, the portion after the semicolon reads, Begun and Held in the Town of Richmond. In the County of Henrico. The journal for each session has its own title page and is individually paginated. The edition used is the one in which the journals for 1777–1786 are brought together in two volumes, with each journal published in Richmond in either 1827 or 1828 and often called the “Thomas W. White reprint.” description ends , Oct. 1785, pp. 146–47).

1JM proposed this resolution and was ordered to carry the approved measure to the Senate. The resolution reflects JM’s anxiety to have a general distribution of the statutes which included the thirty-six bills passed as part of the revised code presented 31 Oct. 1785. He had complained to Jefferson about the deficient number of copies and delay in distribution of the revisors’ report (JM to Jefferson, 20 Aug. 1785).

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