To James Madison and Albert Gallatin
June 20. 1801.
The application1 of William Greetham for a Mediterranean pass for a vessel owned here, tho built abroad, being unauthorised by practice; tho’ perhaps not by law, and concerning the departments of both the State & Treasury, I ask the favor of mr Madison and mr Gallatin to give me their opinions thereon: at the same time I communicate to them what passed on the subject of passports under General Washington’s administration, when the question was first taken up.
RC (DLC: Madison Papers); endorsed by Madison. PrC (DLC); pressed on same sheet below conclusion of Enclosure No. 2. Enclosures: (1) Opinion on Ship Passports, 3 May 1793 (Tr in DLC: Madison Papers, in clerk’s hand, with minor corrections by TJ and signed by him, at head of text in TJ’s hand: “Opinion given to President Washington,” at foot of text: “copy,” subjoined to enclosure printed below; MS printed in Vol. 25:645–7). (2) Printed below.
1. TJ first wrote “The question arising on the application” before revising the sentence to read as above.