Thomas Jefferson Papers

Enclosure: Tench Coxe’s Key to Federal Positions, with Jefferson’s Notes, 19 April 1801

Tench Coxe’s Key to Federal Positions, with Jefferson’s Notes

H. Miller. Muhlbg No. 1. H. M. Supervisor of the Reve.
Latimer No. 2. The collector of the Customs, Phila.
Mc.pherson N. 3. The naval officer, Philada.
Jackson N. 4. The Surveyor of the port of Phila.
T.Ross } Coxe
N. 5 The Inspector of the Revenue of the first survey,1 with the genl. Collectorship of the internal Revenues Philada. City & County, annexed—2
N. 6 The Secretary of the Navy—Washn.
W. Miller N. 7 The Commissioner of the Revenue, Washington

MS (DNA: RG 59, LAR, 2:0614); undated; in Coxe’s hand, with names in italics on left side of numbered list added by TJ on or before 17 June 1801; for other additions by TJ, see notes below.

On 16 June Gallatin evaluated the offices described by Coxe above, referring to them as the “seven Offices applied for by T. Coxe..” He recommended that TJ offer Coxe the combined positions of inspector and collector of internal revenues in Philadelphia—“N. 5.” See TJ to Coxe, 17 June, and Coxe to TJ, 24 June 1801, for TJ’s offer and Coxe’s refusal of the office. At the urging of Peter Muhlenberg, Coxe accepted the position of internal revenue collector in place of James Ash in the fall of 1801 (Cooke, Coxe, 399–400).

1TJ here interlined “abt <5 or> 600.”

2TJ here added “about 2000. D.”

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