George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Thomas Jefferson, 23 August 1791

From Thomas Jefferson

[Philadelphia] 23 August 1791. Reports on the official communications from the secretary of the Northwest Territory from 1 Jan. to 30 June that “none of the said communications appear to require any thing to be done on the part of the Government of the United States; That they contain indeed the titles of several acts passed by the Territorial Legislature; but the Acts themselves not being yet communicated, no opinion can be given on them.”

LB, DLC:GW; ADf, DLC: Thomas Jefferson Papers; copy, DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters; copy, DNA: RG 59, Reports of the Secretary of State to the President and Congress.

Tobias Lear had transmitted to Jefferson on 18 Aug. the official communications of Winthrop Sargent with GW’s request that Jefferson report on them if necessary (DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters). Jefferson received them the next day, according to the State Department memorandum book (DNA:PCC, item 187, 115).

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