Apr. 20. 05.
Th: Jefferson to mr Gallatin
I think the instructions are perfectly just which provide that if a purchase be made of the Indians adjacent to the Connecticut reserve by the US. the public should be at the expence of surveying all the lines circumscribing their purchase. but if they make no purchase, then those for whom the survey is should pay the expence. it has been sometimes made a question whether Seller or Buyer should be at the expence of measuring & marking the lands: but never whether a third person should who has no right in the lands. I approve therefore of the instructions, and return the papers.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.