The period covered by this volume brings to a conclusion Thomas Jefferson's first year as president. On 8 December he communicates his first annual message to Congress: peace between France and England is restored; a rise in population will increase revenue and help abolish internal taxes; the standing army can be done away with; peace & friendship prevail with Indian neighbors. He recommends two particular matters to the attention of Congress: a revision of the laws on naturalization and a review of the Judiciary Act. Two delegations of Indian nations hold conferences with Jefferson and Secretary of War Henry Dearborn in Washington. Jefferson observes that it is good for them to renew the chain of affection. The president receives a Mammoth Cheese as a token of esteem from the citizens of Cheshire, Massachusetts, and the letter from the Danbury Baptists arrives. In his famous reply to the Baptists, Jefferson states that religion is a matter which lies solely between man & his god. Shortly after legislators arrive in town for the opening of Congress, he begins to entertain at the President's House. He uses such occasions to bridge the divide between the executive and legislative branches and foster political understanding between Republicans and Federalists. As he moves into his second year as president, he is optimistic about his legislative program and the Republican majority in Congress.
1801-3 MARCH 1802. Minor soiling at edge.
1956, 8vo, 27 pgs. Grey stapled wraps, with green titles on front panel. Papers read at a session of the 21st annual meeting of the Southern Historical Association in Memphis, Tennessee, Nov. 10, 1955. Short foreword by Bell I. Wiley. Clean throughout, wraps intact. Corners and head of spine slightly creased. Edges of wraps lightly sunned. Remnants of a price in pencil on top corner, front wrap. Otherwise near fine.