To Albert Gallatin
[22 June 1803]
Th:J. to mr Gallatin
Mr. Coxe may be informed with truth that the information he says he has recieved is entirely without foundation, no such resolution as he alludes to having ever been formed, and mr Madison & Capt Lewis too guarded to have ever spoken of it, had it been formed. but in truth a pretended rumor of removal is the common ground for application for an office.
With respect to Hays the Marshal of West Tennissee, I think both Jackson & Dickson should be written to. I have more confidence in the first than the last. it would be well to ask their opinion whether Hays’ conduct & habits are such as to render it proper that he should be removed, & to recommend a successor.
On the whole I think Govr. Harrison had better send his contract here for ratification; the right to do so being previously reserved by him.
I have never heard any objection to Titcomb surveyor of Newbury port.
RC (NHi: Gallatin Papers); undated; addressed: “The Secretary of the Treasury.” PrC (DLC). Recorded in SJL as a letter to the Treasury Department of 22 June with notation “Coxe—Hays—Govr Harrison salt springs.”