To Albert Gallatin
Jan. 24. 1803.
Th:J. to mr Gallatin
If we can do any thing ourselves in the case of the [. . .] from the Missisipi, let us do it. but if any thing has to be done by Congress I think the merchants had better be left to get it brought forward in their own way, and leave us free to modify. it is a question of some nicety whether in the seasons when exportations are strong, we might moor a [. . .] in the river opposite or near N. Orleans, and keep a Custom house deputy on board it to clear vessels.
PrC (DLC); faint. Recorded in SJL as a letter to the Treasury Department with notation “Missisipi.”