Washington Apl. 12. 1816
Mr. Dallas has signified to me that it being his intention not to pass another Winter in Washington, he has thought it his duty to give me an opportunity of selecting a Successor during the present session of Congress; intimating a willingness, however, to remain, if desired, in order to put the national Bank in motion.
Will it be most agreeable to you, to proceed on your mission to France; or are you willing again to take charge of a Department heretofore conducted by you with so much reputation and usefulness, on the resignation of Mr. Dallas which will, it is presumed, take effect about the 1st of October? In the latter case, it will be proper that a nomination be forthwith made, for the foreign appointment. Favor me with your determination as soon as you can make it convenient; accepting in the mean time my affectionate respects.
NHi: Papers of Albert Gallatin.