Thomas Jefferson Papers

Memorandum to Albert Gallatin, with Gallatin’s Reply, [on or before 26 December 1801]

Memorandum to Albert Gallatin, with Gallatin’s Reply

[on or before 26 Dec. 1801]

The Secretary of State has sent me the list of officers named during the recess of Senate, and now to be nominated to them, among these are

Josiah Hook Inspector for Penobscot as well as Collector
Jonas Clark Inspector for Kennebunk
M. E. Chisman Inspector for Hampton as well as Collector.
Thos. Worthington Inspector of N.W. district
John Oakley. Inspector as well as Collector of George town
Wm. Chribbs Inspector of Massac as well as Collector.
Danl. Marsh Inspector of Perth Amboy as well as Collector

are not these among the offices of Inspectors which were abolished, & consequently not necessary to be renominated?


[Reply by Gallatin:]

Thomas Worthington is the only Inspector of internal revenue, and he was thus appointed, with an intention that he should be made Supervisor. But as his commission of Inspector will continue till the end of the Session, it will be best to delay his nomination until we know what Congress mean to do with the system of internal taxation—The others must be nominated, as they have nothing to do with the int. revenues

A. G.

MS (DLC: TJ Papers, 119:20479); undated; addressed by TJ: “Mr. Gallatin”; with Gallatin’s reply subjoined; endorsed by TJ as received from the Treasury Department on 26 Dec. and “Inspectors.” Not recorded in SJL.

Worthington’s commission of inspector was issued in September 1801. The Senate approved his appointment as supervisor on 29 Apr. 1802 (JEP description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States … to the Termination of the Nineteenth Congress, Washington, D.C., 1828, 3 vols. description ends , 1:422–3; Vol. 33:677; Vol. 35:227, 230n).

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