Acts Passed at the Second Session of the Seventh Congress of the United States, begun and held at the City of Washington, in the Territory of Columbia, on Monday, the sixth of December, one thousand eight hundred and two
Richmond: Printed by Meriwether Jones, 1803. Folio. (11 5/8 x 7 1/4 inches). 60, lxii,  pp.
Expertly bound to style in period half tree calf over marbled paper covered boards, flat spine divided into compartments with gilt rules, red morocco lettering piece in the second compartment
Scarce Virginia printing of the acts of Congress during Thomas Jefferson's presidency, including printings of important American treaties.
A very rare Virginia printing of the laws of the second session of the seventh United States Congress, with additional material on European and Indian treaties. The Seventh Congress was the first during which Thomas Jefferson was President. Printed here are the acts admitting the state of Ohio, with alterations of laws governing the Northwest and Southwest Territories, as well as other session laws Importantly, this volume contains a series of important treaties. The "Convention Between the French Republic and the United States of America" (pp. i-xxiii) with both French and English texts, ratified in 1801, settled all the commercial and military disputes that had brought the two countries to the brink of war in the 1790s, and paved the way for the Louisiana Purchase. Next appears the newly ratified version of part of Jay's Treaty, also settling claims over commercial issues. Finally, there are printings of treaties made by President Jefferson with the Chickasaw, Creek, Choctaw and Seneca Indian tribes. OCLC records only four institutional copies, all in Virginia. Not in Shaw & Shoemaker.