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Jefferson, Thomas (1743-1826) [Act of Congress for management of district jails]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04259 Author/Creator: Jefferson, Thomas (1743-1826) Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Document signed Date: 3 March 1791 Pagination: 1 p. ; 23.7 x 38.5 cm.

Printed document signed by Jefferson as Secretary of State. Signed in type by Frederick Augustus Muhlenberg as Speaker of the House of Representatives, John Adams as Vice-President of the United States and President of the Senate, and approved by George Washington as President. Details the results of the third session of Congress held in Philadelphia 6 December 1790. Resolves that each district should have a place and provisions to keep prisoners committed under the authority of the United States. The United States Treasury will pay the reasonable expenses of each district. See also GLC 4675.01, a Jefferson letter dated 15 March 1791, transmitting legislation, including this act.

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