Williamsburg, Va., 17 December 1777.
: Jefferson, Papers
, 2:120–121. Noting that Virginia had ratified the Articles of Confederation, Jefferson
described the concern among some in the state over Art. 9, which gave power to the
congress to enter into treaties of commerce. Opponents felt that the clause was drawn
too broadly, and Jefferson favored a declaration from the congress that implied powers
over trade were not intended. Not knowing that
had left congress, he requested him, if he agreed, to use his influence in behalf
of such a declaration.