Executive Department Richmond December 7. 1827
You will observe from the enclosed note from Mr. White Contractor for printing certain Journals in conformity with an act of the General Assembly—that there are several more of the Senates Journals missing than were expected before the meeting of that body. In consequence of this discovery, it has become my duty, in compliance with the advice of the Executive Council, to represent the case to you, Sir, and to ask the favor of you, to inform me whether you are in possession of any of the Journals, mentioned in Mr. White’s note—so as to enable the Executive to avail themselves of your polite offer of a loan thereof, for the purposes of the said Act. I am Sir, with very great respect Your Obt Sert
Wm B. Giles
RC and enclosure (DLC); letterbook copy (ViU). RC docketed by James Madison. Enclosure is the correspondence re missing Virginia Senate Journals.