Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Albert Gallatin, 28 May 1807

28th May 1807

Dear Sir

It is necessary to make the appointments of Surveyors for the ports of the Ohio and Mississippi, as the act commences on 1st July and time is required to transmit the commissions. All the applications & recommendations, together with a memorandum of the act &c. are enclosed. As no vessels were built this season at Pittsburgh, the appointment may be suspended till we have received information. The style of commissions is—Surveyor of the port of   in the district of Mississippi.

With respectful attachment Your obedient Servt.

Albert Gallatin

DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.


By act of the last session the several districts of Marietta, Louisville, Massac & Natchez were, by being united to the district of Mississippi (New Orleans) abolished as such; and the office of collector will accordingly expire on the 30th day of June next. The collector of Marietta having died & that of Louisville having run-away (he joined Burr; his name New son of him who was Member of Congress) two only remain—Gideon D. Cobb for Massac and Jonathan Davis for Natchez.
 The act provides that for the purpose of granting registers to vessels built on the waters of the Ohio & Mississippi, Surveyors shall be appointed for each of the following towns; and to each the names of the applicants are annexed.
Pennsa. Pittsburg.
Virga. Charleston—x Jacob Descamps rep. Alexander Caldwell fed.
Ohio. Marietta—x Joseph Buell rep.
Kentucky. Limestone—x James W. Moss. rep. Moses Daulton fed. Richd. Graham applies but is not recommended
Louisville—Richard Ferguson
Indiana. Massac—x Gideon. D. Cobb (to be continued as Surveyor, he being now Collector)
Mississippi. Natchez—x Jonathan Davis—       do   do

I feel satisfied with the five marked x—The recommendation of Mr Parke of Indiana is not perhaps sufficient for an appointment in Kentucky vizt. Louisville—I have no applications either from Pittsburgh or Cincinnati; perhaps Mr Smith’s letter in the President’s hands will contain some recommendation for the last.


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