[on or before 27 Oct. 1808]
Folly landing & Chingoteghe inlet are in Accomack Co. Virginia. I received information early in Septer. first from Allen M’Clane & then from Gibbs himself of part of these transactions. Gibbs was immediately directed to employ an armed boat, & to appoint an inspector. He says that he cannot find any person. But he is certainly deficient in zeal, does not reside at the office, & is I believe unfriendly. I think that Mr Giles wanted him removed at an early period.
I would propose
1. that he be removed as soon as we can get a successor; but I do not know to whom to apply for a recommendation
2. that the Secy. of the navy should order one or two of the Delaware gun-boats & which we do not want there to Chingatoghe to be there stationed. This I have repeatedly requested.
There will be great difficulty in proceeding, the witnesses being in Delaware & Maryland, & neither Gibbs nor the dist. atty. of Virginia very zealous.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.