Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Albert Gallatin, 2 July 1802

To Albert Gallatin

Th:J. to mr Gallatin

July 2. 1802.

Doctr. Bache’s Address is ‘William Bache at Franklin near Charlottesville’

the letter should be put into the Post office before 5. P.M. to-day

William White to be Surveyor for the district of East river. approved.

Griffin Greene to be collector of the port of Marietta. approved.

James Clarke to be Surveyor of customs at Tombstone, district of Edenton N.C. recommended by mr Stone.

Selden Jasper was recommended to be Surveyor at the port of Slade’s creek, by mr Stanley to mr Stone, who handed it to me with the note that no other of the gentlemen from the state then here, knew any thing of mr Jasper. if no inconvenience would ensue it might be better to write for other recommendation as that of Stanley is very suspicious. of this mr Gallatin must judge.

John Rowan’s appointment to the port of Windsor was in conformity with a letter from mr Stone to mr Gallatin (in my possession) informing him the collector (whom he does not name) had lately died, & recommending John Rowan.

Th: Jefferson

If mr Gallatin will add the proper titles, or descriptions of office, they may be forwarded to the Secy. of State’s office for commissions.

RC (NHi: Gallatin Papers); endorsed by Gallatin. PrC (DLC); lacks postscript. Not recorded in SJL.

For the recommendation of James West Clark (CLARKE) by David Stone, see the enclosure described at Stone to TJ, 1 May 1802. For the endorsement of SELDEN JASPER by Federalist congressman John Stanly, see same. Clark’s parental home, Elmwood, was located on Salmon Creek, the site of Tombstone, the newly designated port. A 1797 graduate of the College of New Jersey, Clark began serving in the North Carolina General Assembly in 1802. He later served one term in Congress and from 1829 to 1831 served as chief clerk of the Navy Department, while his friend John Branch was secretary of the navy. Clark declined the appointment as surveyor (William S. Powell, ed., Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, 6 vols. [Chapel Hill, 1979–96], 1:375; Vol. 37:394–5; Gallatin to TJ, 23 Oct. 1802).

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