From Albert Gallatin
Monday morning Decer. 6th 1802
The Collectors continue to apply for sea-letters: we have none to send them. Is it intended to discontinue them altogether? If so, what is the proper answer to give to the collectors?
RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received from the Treasury Department on 6 Dec. and “Sea letters” and so recorded in SJL.
In 1793, customs collectors began to distribute sea letters or passports; see Vol. 34:381n.