Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Albert Gallatin, 29 January 1806

Treasury Department January 29th 1806


It has been a matter of complaint for a long while that John Heard collector of Perth Amboy did not pay the public monies in his hands according to his instructions. As early as the 12th July 1803, he was notified that unless he made payment, his conduct would be reported to the President. This seemed to have produced some effect: and his payments during the year 1804 were more prompt and regular. But during the year 1805, the balance in his hands has increased from about 800 dollars to 3446 dollars. He was particularly directed to pay the balance in his hands on the 13th July, 5th Octer., and 1st Nover. last, but has altogether neglected it. In the last letter dated 28th Nover. last, he had promised to settle up his accounts at the end of the year, and has failed. In the mean while one of his sureties has become insolvent, and the other has written that he was not able to pay any considerable deficiency.

Under those circumstances it becomes my duty to submit the propriety of an immediate removal from office.

I have the honor to be with the highest respect Sir Your obedt. Servt.

Albert Gallatin

DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.

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