James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Thomas Worthington, 26 March 1804 (Abstract)

§ From Thomas Worthington

26 March 1804, Washington. “The Secy of state is authorised to publish in at least on[e] paper in each state the laws of the U. States after each session of Congress. At present the laws are published in only one paper in Ohio.” Suggests printing them in the Ohio Gazette of Marietta, which circulates “through the eastern part of Ohio which is thickly populated and where the Sioto Gazette does not circulate.” “In addition to this the Ohio Gazette circulates through several of the Western Counties of Virginia. I need not attempt to show the propriety of promulgateing the laws of the U. S. as generally as the nature of existing circumstances will permit.” Requests a reply.1

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