Thomas Jefferson Papers

IV. Gallatin’s Notes on the Draft, 3 October 1803

IV. Gallatin’s Notes on the Draft

[3-4 Oct. 1803]

Period—What? of representations or of restoration of deposit?

 propositions had been authorized—When? prior to that period? Quere

 subsequent appropriation—to what? to the authorizan. of proposition by executive?

 enlightened mind of first Consul—

 Treaties now laid before both houses—


Introduce idea of possession of N. Orleans being a bond of Union

and, if possible, of prevention of early settlements beyond Mississippi


Authorization from legislature to take possession

Is it necessary? Will it not delay?


Omit road as not of equal importance

& perhaps Missouri


Then add after paragraph “for confirming to Indians their right” there “to establish friendly relations with them”1


Omit 3 parag. commencing “authority from the Legislature” & ending “diligence & fidelity” & incorporate their substance with the preceding


Recommendation to open for settlement the Kaskakia Country doubtful unless connected with that of preference to settlements on this side of Mississippi


Laying treaty before ratification before Congress doubtful


Tripoli—small vessels will be able &a. add “with less expence”

 European war—May not the idea of our having so happily escaped, by the success of the late negotiation, becoming parties to it, be mentioned?


Menace of interdicting intercourse too early & unprovoked—Add that treaties of commerce oppose it.


Conventions for limits with Gr. Britain

why not mentioned?


Neutral passions


Finance to proceed “War in Europe” and perhaps some parts of the two paragraphs of War & Neutrality blended as similar

MS (NHi: Gallatin Papers); undated; in Gallatin’s hand, written on verso of Document III above; with checkmarks by Gallatin alongside all entries except those beginning with “Tripoli” and “Menace.”

period: Gallatin probably began some entries in these notes, which he did not transmit to TJ, with words or phrases from the draft.

1Closing quotation mark supplied by Editors.

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