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President Jefferson’s Confidential Message to Congress, January 18, 1803

On January 18, 1803, President Jefferson sent to Congress a request for an appropriation to finance an expedition to the West, which would seek to establish trade with the Indian tribes and to search for a route to the Western (Pacific) Ocean. The Constitution granted Congress the power to regulate commerce.

Records of the U.S. House of Representatives, National Archives and Records Administration