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From Thomas Jefferson to Albert Gallatin, 21 June 1806

June 21. 06.

Th:J to mr Gallatin.

Judging by Price’s survey of Ocracock, the only position for the custom house which seems to come into competition with the point B recommended by mr Taylor, is that part of Beacon island opposite to the point marked a. but perhaps Wallace’s channel may be the most used. the form you propose No. 1. would include Beacon’s island, and on that account would be preferable, as it would give us greater latitude hereafter should future representations prove a to be a more convenient point than B. I should prefer the mode of designation used in your form No. 2. only varying it so as to comprehend Beacon island, in some such way as the following.

‘So much of Ocracock inlet and of the shores adjacent as is contained between Shell castle & Beacon islands and Portsmouth point, including the whole of the said point which lies in the district of Ocracock and also the whole of the said islands and of the grounds adjacent to Shell castle island, whereon a beacon or lighthouse is erected, as are the property of the US.’

But this is barely suggested, and left to yourself. Affectionate salutations.

DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.

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