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I have no information of the death of judge Bruin, altho I have letters & newspapers from Natchez to Mar. 24. in some of which it would certainly have been mentioned if true. I return you the instrument for Sacket harbour approved.   with respect to Claiborne’s accounts I think his situation so totally different from that of all other governors as to justify peculiar indulgences. the office of...
With respect to the bank of Pensva, their difficulties proceed from excessive discounts. the 3,000,000 D. due to them comprehend doubtless all the desperate debts accumulated since their institution. their buildings should only be counted at the value of the naked ground belonging to them; because if brought to market they are worth to private bidders no more than their materials, which are...
This will be handed to you by mr William C. Preston a young gentleman of this state, either son, or nephew (I know not which) to the gentleman of that name with whom you served in Congress about 1792. I do not know him personelly, but learn from those who do, and in whom I have confidence, that he is of excellent talents, and perfect integrity. his standing in this state is high, and he will...
The bearer hereof is mr Thomas Walker Maury who is come on to recieve the appointment of Reciever of public monies at Fort St. Stephens. supposing it would be agreeable to you to obtain some personal knolege of a person who is to act under you, I have recommended to him to wait on you to ask any information or instructions you may be pleased to give him. altho’ he seems to have made up his...
The appointment of a woman to office is an innovation for which the public is not prepared, nor am I. shall we appoint Springs or wait the further recommendations spoken of by Bloodworth.   Briggs has resigned; and I wish to consult with you, when convenient, on his successor, as well as on an Attorney General. affectionate salutations. NHi : Papers of Albert Gallatin.
The rent we proposed for the Indiana lead mine was 2/10 of 3. years’ produce = 6/10 of 1. years produce for 5. years’ occupation: and 1/10 of 5. years produce = 5/10 of 1. year’s produce for 5. year’s occupation is the option you propose. there can be but one objection to it, that is, the effect which a rent of 1/10 annually might have in lowering the future rents permanently. from the...
I have this moment recieved the embargo law, but I do not sign it till I have returned it to the Commee to correct 3 errors of enrollment one of which is material. this I can put off to tomorrow morning. in the mean time you can have it copied as if signed & dated tomow Mar. 12. only be so good as to let me have it again this evening or tomorrow morning NHi : Papers of Albert Gallatin.
Th: Jefferson has desired the Post Master General to forward no papers to him at Monticello, after the mail which leaves Washington on the 4th. of May, as he will leave Monticello on the 13th. he salutes mr Gallatin with affection. NHi : Papers of Albert Gallatin.
I do not see sufficient reasons for preserving a revenue cutter at Charleston on a larger scale than elsewhere. I see no reason to expect pirates from St. Domingo, no instance of it having yet occurred. if there be any such danger, it is not peculiar to S. Carolina, but threatens all the Southern states more or less according to their situation. if such danger should become imminent it will...
I inclose you a copy of my letter to Theus, which goes on by this day’s post. also a letter from Wm. Gamble of the neighborhood of the falls of Niagara, for information. considering that I shall leave this for Washington on the 27th. or 28th. and that no communication made to you after this date could be answered to this place, I shall reserve the future for our meeting at Washington. I salute...
In the case of the seamen left on Trinity isld. would it not be well to engage the identical seamen who left them? NHi : Papers of Albert Gallatin.
Since writing my letter of yesterday I have prepared the draught of a circular to the Governors not before addressed, under which I mean to cover the printed copies of that of May 6. which I have requested you to send me. this draught I inclose for your perusal. I salute you affectionately. NHi : Papers of Albert Gallatin. The numerous & bold evasions of the several embargo laws threatened...
Mr. Legaux called on me this morning to ask a statement of the experiment which was made in Virginia by a Mr. Mazzei for the raising vines and making wine, and desired I would address it to you. Mr. Mazzei was an Italian and brought over with him about a dozen laborers of his own country, bound to serve him 4. or 5. years. We made up a subscription for him of £2000. sterling, and he began his...
On the question Who are to pay the petty jurors in the courts of the US. in private cases? it must be admitted there is room for doubt. the act of 1792 c. 36. § 3. says ‘the compensations shall be to each grand & petit juror so much to witnesses summoned in any of the courts of the US. so much’ Etc. without saying who should pay either; whether the US. should pay all the jurors & witnesses or...
Yours of the 17th. was recieved only yesterday. it ought to have come by the preceding post. I mention the delay of your letters, as you may perhaps know how it happens. Smissaert’s case. the exportation of these doits was refused before, & I see no reason for a change of opinion. they are understood to be private property. if they were public, we might on a principle of comity permit their...
I thank you for the case in the Liman sea, which escaped my recollection, it was indeed a very favorable one. I have adopted your other amendments, except as to the not building now ; my own opinion being very strongly against this for these reasons. 1. The 127. gunboats cannot not be built in 1. 2. or even 6. months. Com. Preble told me he could build those he undertook in two months. they...
The letter to Thornton is civil both in matter & manner, and entirely proper. I dare say Irvine will do very well as Surveyor at Buffalo. he seems so far to have conducted himself well as Indian agent. I do not know Oliver Phelps’s particular character, except that he has all the sagacity of a Connecticut man, and is attached to the little band . but I do not see that his recommendation need...
A doubt is entertained whether the act of Congress respecting claims to lands in Orleans & Louisiana, & authorizing the Commrs. ‘to decide according to the laws & established usages & customs of the French & Spanish governments; upon all claims to lands within their respective districts’ Etc. meant to give that power as to all claims , or to restrict it to those claims only which had been...
I inclose for your information letters from General Dearborne, P. D. Sargeant & Elisha Tracy on the infractions of the embargo, and their ideas on the means of remedy. I pass them through the hands of the Secretary of the Navy with a request that he will in concert with you give all the aid for the enforcement of the law which his department can afford. I think the conduct of Jordan at...
A Bill supplementary to the several acts for laying an embargo on vessels Etc. for vessels coming down rivers Etc.  Be it enacted Etc that it shall not be lawful for any vessel laden with provisions or lumber to pass by or depart from any port of entry of the US. without examination and a special license from the Collector of the customs of such port, nor shall any vessel be so laden on any...
The inducement which you propose in order to engage Powell to bring up his accounts is approved.—so is also the idea of collecting men of talents about us, even in offices which do not need them. upon the principle of distribution also I doubt if the treasury should be given to Maryland . With respect to Doctr. Bache I must have conversation with you. as to the office of Post M. G. he might be...
I think with you it is better to leave the leasing the salt-springs to Governor Harrison who will do it according to general rules: and I am averse to giving contracts of any kind to members of the legislature.—on the subject of Latimer’s letter, I gave him a general answer that all indulgence permitted by the spirit of the law would be used. I am unable to give any particular opinion, because...
The inclosed petition & papers of the Widow Morin of St. Louis present the first case of that nature which has come to me, & certainly I can do nothing in the case. whether the sentence of the Commrs. can be revised when their proceedings are returned here will depend on arrangements still to be taken. in the mean time I think the papers should be filed in your office. the original concessions...
In the case of the brig Hieram, I think with you that no permission can be given to renew the voyage. the party has not lost his voyage by any inevitable accident, but by the fraud of those he employed & over whose conduct it was his duty to watch, & has been his negligence not to have done so. if once we give up the responsibility of the employer for those he employs, the door to fraud can...
1. As to the 500. cavalry. if we have peace with Spain, we shall not want them; if War, all our plans must be new moulded: it is therefore only during the present unsettled state . this cannot exceed 6. month from Oct. 1. about which time they probably went into service. this will cost 100,000. D. the proposing to Congress to establish them during the present unsettled state of things, is...
Th: Jefferson asks the favor of mr Gallatin to examine with rigour the inclosed projet of the message to Congress, and to note on a separate paper the alterations he thinks advantageous. as it is to go thro’ the hands of the other gentlemen of the Cabinet, his immediate attention to it is desireable. he also asks the favor of mr Gallatin to meet the heads of department here tomorrow at 10....
Eli Vickery lives at Norfolk. if the letter be addressed to the care of Colo Thos. Newton, it will be handed him. RC ( DNA : RG 26, MLR ); undated, but endorsed by a clerk as a letter of 14 Feb. from the president; addressed: “The Secretary of the Treasury.” Not recorded in SJL . This undated note is in response to Gallatin’s query at 11 Feb. (second letter). Gallatin forwarded TJ’s answer to...
Previous information had led me to believe it necessary to remove Abbot also. the inclosed confirms it. whom can we substitute? [ Reply by Gallatin :] I do not know a single person in the territory who could be substituted. If both Abbot & Griswold are removed, considerable inconvenience will result in relation to the investigation of land claims which will probably be terminated in two or...
The case of the schooner Concord, sold by J. Bell of Petersburg, to M. W. Hancock of Richmond. I think it may be concluded from the letters of Hancock & of the Collector, that the purchase of the schooner has been a bona fide one; but it is not even alledged that he has purchased the cargo, but it appears on the contrary that Bell has the same concern in that as before. as, where a person has...
I have written to mr Smith proposing to order a couple of gunboats from New York into the Delaware, and 2. from Norfolk to the head of the bay.   I hope the passage of naval stores into Canada will be prevented. I inclose for your information the account of a silver mine to fill your treasury. Affectte. salutns. DLC : Papers of Thomas Jefferson.