To George Washington
The Secretary of State has had under consideration the Official Communications from the Secretary of the Territory of the United States North-West of the River Ohio, from January 1st. to June 30th. 1791 inclusive: and thereupon reports to the President, 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.
Aug 23. 1791
RC (DNA: RG 59, MLR); in clerk's hand except for date and signature which have been excised and are supplied from PrC (DLC). Dft (DLC); TJ added date and following note at foot of text: “to be copied fair for signature.” FC (DNA: RG 59, SDR). An entry in SJPL under 21 Aug. 1791 shows that TJ drafted his “Report … on proceedings of N.W. territory” on that date.