The Creation of the State of Tennessee


Thomas Jefferson


Letter Signed as Secretary of State (New York), 6 April 1790.

Written to "His Excellency the Gov.r of Georgia," (Edward Telfair, who was a delegate to the Continental Congress, signed the Articles of Confederation, & was a member of the state convention to ratify the U.S. Constitution; Governor of Georgia 1786-87 and 1789-93).



"Sir - I have the honor to send you herein inclosed two copies duly authenticated of the Act to accept a cession of the claims of the State of North Carolina to a certain district of western Territory; also of the Act to prevent the exportation of Goods not duly inspected according to the Laws of the several States, and of being with sentiments of the most perfect respect, Your Excellency's Most Obedt. & most h'ble servant - Th: Jefferson."




George Washington

Letter signed 26 Feb. 1790. Addressed to one of the Governors of the twelve United States, each of whom received a similar letter from the President. In. full: "Sir, I have the honor to transmit to your Excellency an Act passed in the second Session of the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States - entitled 'an Act for giving effect to the several Acts therein mentioned, in respect to the State of North Carolina, and other purposes.' I have the honor to be, With due consideration Your Excellency's Most Obedient Servant Go:Washington."


Huntington, Samuel

Letter signed as Governor of Connecticut 27 Feb. 1790.


"To the President of the United States of America. Sir I am honoured with your letter of the 20th, Instant covering An Act Entitled an Act for giving effect to several Acts therein mentioned in respect to the State of North Carolina, & other purposes…." The docket on verso reads, "President Washington Febry 27th: 1790 No. 2"