Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Albert Gallatin, 2 October 1804

2 Oct. 1804

Dear Sir

I enclose a list of names, being all those I can think of, leaving New York, Virginia & S. Carolina out of question, which may be thought of for the Spanish embassy. I have put several rather to give names to every State than for any good reason. Taking every thing into consideration, Bowdoin & Pinkney appear to me the most fitted on the list. First rate talents I am afraid cannot be commanded, and good sense & respectability may be sufficient on every ordinary occasion: the assistance of Mr Monroe is already engaged for the Louisiana business; and on future important occasions that of our ministers at Paris may always be obtained.

With respectful attachment Your obedt. Servt.

Albert Gallatin

The date of Mr Harwood’s resignation as Commer. of loans is wanted at the Treasury and may, I presume, be found in his letter to you—

DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.


Names to be enquired into for Minister to Spain

N. Hampshire Sherburne Dist. Atty. or judge
Massachussets Bowdoin
Rhode Island Russel
Connecticut Kirby
Pennsylvania Jones Captn.
Delaware Hall Govr.
Read Dist. Atty.
N. Jersey Bloomfield
Maryland S. Smith
Joseph Nicholson
N. Carolina David Stone
Georgia A. Baldwin
Tenessee Smith formerly Senator

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