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Jefferson, Thomas (1743-1826) An Act making Provision for the Reduction of the Public Debt.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00003 Author/Creator: Jefferson, Thomas (1743-1826) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Document signed Date: 12 August 1790 Pagination: 2 p. ; 23.7 x 17.1 cm.

Official act of Congress, signed by Jefferson as Secretary of State. Enacts provisions made by the second session of Congress on 4 January 1790 for deceasing the national debt of the United States. Printed names of Frederick Augustus Muhlenberg, Speaker of the House of Representatives, John Adams, Vice-President of the United States and President of the Senate, and George Washington as President of the United States.

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