George Washington to the United States House of Representatives, 5 April 1792

I have maturely considered the bill passed by the two housesTJ first wrote “bill which originated in your house & has been passed by both” before altering the passage to read as above. for and I return it to your house, wherein it originated, with the following objections.

1. The Constitution has prescribed that Representatives shall be apportioned among the several states according to their respective numbers: and there is no one proportion or divisor which, applied to the respectiveWord interlined in place of “separate.” numbers of the states will yeild the number and allotment of representatives proposed by the bills

2. The Constitution has also provided that the number of representatives shall not exceed one for every thirty thousandTJ here canceled “and the bill has allotted to eight of the states more than one for every thirty.” which restriction is, by the context & by fair and obvious construction, to be applied to the separate & respective numbers of the states: and the bill has allotted to eight of the States more than one for thirty thousand.

PrC (DLC); in TJ’s hand.