To Albert Gallatin
Monticello May 30. 10.
In the action brought against me by E. Livingston on the subject of the Batture, the counsel employed desire me, without delay, to furnish them with the grounds of defence, that they may know what pleas to put in. a free communication of the papers relating to it in the public offices is necessary to aid me. I do not know whether there are any, & what papers, in your office which may be important. will you do me the favor to examine, & send me any which you think can give useful information or evidence of material facts, on the assurance that I will faithfully & promptly return them, after taking minutes from them of what may be useful. I shall be glad that you would have a list taken of those sent, that their return may stand verified. ever affectionately Yours
RC (NHi: Gallatin Papers); addressed: “The Secretary of the Treasury Washington”; franked and postmarked; endorsed by Gallatin. PoC (DLC); endorsed by TJ.