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I enclose the recommendations & applications for Regr. & Recr. in the new northern land district, and will in a day or two wait on you on the subject. Respectfully I also enclose a letter from Jas. Brown respecting the N. Orleans bâture . DLC : Papers of Thomas Jefferson. Candidates for the offices of Register & Receiver in the new land office South of Connect. reserve State of Ohio 1. Michael...
The enclosed is the last letter received from the Surveyor General respecting the two tracts of land to be offered for sale. I think that we might advertise the Jeffersonville district for sale on 1st of April next, & that South of the Connecticut reserve for 1st of May.    The proclamation once issued, the officers may be appointed. Respectfully Your obedt. Servt. DLC : Papers of Thomas...
I send for your consideration & animadversion my annual report. The loose sheets in my hand writing immediately follow the part wh. is transcribed. Respectfully Your obet. Sert. DLC : Papers of Thomas Jefferson.
There are two land offices lately established for which Registers & Receivers must be appointed this winter. A proclamation announcing the sale of lands will also be necessary. I expect to have the papers ready for you about beginning of December. One office is to be at Jeffersonville, & for that you had concluded to appoint      Taylor &      Gwathney. The other office is to be opened at a...
The two vacant offices are Surveyor of the port of Pittsburgh    Do   do   of Cincinnati The first may be filled by enquiring from Hoge & Smith of Pennsa.—It is in Smith’s district, but much nearer to Hoge. Perhaps the list of candidates for Register may supply a name for the Cincinnati Surveyor. Old Goforth might do; it is a sinecure of 150 dollars. It seems to me that Symmes stands first for...
I think with you that the cutting out of the Western road, as proposed by Mr Moore, is the most eligible mode, considering the impossibility of making contracts on the spot for completing a part, of applying the appropriation. Will you write to him or shall I do it in yr. name? Respectfully Your obedt. Servt. DLC : Papers of Thomas Jefferson.
Petition of lessees of Salines requesting leave to sell salt in Kentucky Submitted to the President by his obt. Sert The difficulty is to fix the price at wh. they should sell in Kentucky, the fear of this being a speculation & it being questionable whether, so long as the whole quantity made is purchased on the spot, it be not better to trust individuals for distribution of the salt than to...
“The Accounts of the reciepts of revenue during the present year , being not yet made up, a correct statement will be hereafter transmitted from the treasury. in the mean time it is ascertained that the reciepts have amounted to near sixteen   millions of Dollars which with the five millions & a half in the treasury at the beginning of the year have enabled us, after meeting the current...
The enclosed estimate of Drs. 686,076.59, will, according to the request of the Secy. of the Navy, be transmitted to Congress on Tuesday next. It is stated to consist of contracts, purchases, & expenses incurred by special directions of the President, who has, I presume, already seen it. It is now sent in reference to the paragraph in the President’s message, in order that they may agree. The...
I receive this moment at my house your note of this morning. The perpetual interruptions of the office & my want of eyes at night induced me to remain here to day for the purpose of finishing my remarks on your message. They are just done & I send them with this. I regret that my not being at the office should have disappointed you. May not the orders for the Constitution be delayed till to...
I have kept your message longer than usual, because my objections being less to details than to its general spirit, I was at a loss what alterations to submit to your consideration. Instead of being written in the style of the Proclamation, which has been almost universally approved at home & abroad, the message appears to me to be rather in the shape of a manifesto issued against Great Britain...
I return the financial paragraph & conclusion of the message. The blanks I will supply on Monday morning; but as it will be only an approximation, the paragraph should state; that all the accounts not being yet received, a correct statemt. will be transmitted by the Treasury; but that in the mean while it is ascertained that the receipts have exceeded    millions, which &c. have enabled us to...
Hubbel who had been appointed Collector of Snowhill Will not accept. There are two candidates whose recommendations are enclosed. Mr. Duval informs me that Handy tho’ recommended by Judge Polk & acquiesced to by Lloyd is federalist, and that Spence is republican. You directed a commission (in August last) in favor of—Ruffin as Surveyor of Windsor N.C. This was on the recommendation of the...
An inquiry was at the time made respecting this complaint by Ludlow; when it appeared that the refusal, complained of, had originated from a false or erroneous entry in the books by J. Ludlow deceased & Register before Kilgore. It is certain that W: Ludlow accompanied his complaint with an application for the Register’s office. DNA : RG 59—LAR—Letters of Application and Recommendation.
I do not know one person in Connecticut to whom I could apply for information respecting Jonathan Bull who is recommended for the office of Commisr. of loans. But I recollect that at an early period of your administration it was the wish of a number of republicans in that State that he should have that office: nor was there any other objection, but a disinclination to depart by a general...
You have, I presume, heard of the death of the Commissioner of loans of Connecticut. I have not received any applications on the subject; but doubtless you have; and I will only observe that it is an office wh. must be filled immediately; as no deputy being allowed, every thing is at a stand until a successor be appointed. If you have obtained sufficient information, it would be eligible that...
I met in New Jersey Capn. Crafts of the Neptune, the vessel on board of which were Martin & Ware when met by the Melampus in the Gulf of Biscay. I obtained from him the enclosed letter by which it appears that they were not impressed but deserted from the Neptune to the Melampus at Plymouth. Will it be of any use, if Capn. Crafts happens to come here, to obtain his affidavit of the facts? He...
I do not know whom to select for the Indiana investigation. The public officers, and I know no one else there, are as follows Governor— Harrison Secretary— Gibson incapable Register L.O. Badollet—honest but friend of Ewing
Ab. Maury applies for office of Land Commr. at Opelousas Mr Cocke has accepted Of Mr Sprigg we have not heard. If he should decline there will be a vacancy DNA : RG 59—LAR—Letters of Application and Recommendation.
I enclose a list of our sea-ports shewing by the respective amount of tonnage belonging to each, of their annual exports & of their annual payments into the treasury, their relative importance as to navigation, commerce & revenues. I wanted also to take a general view of all the measures for defence & attack which might become a proper subject of consideration at this time; because, however...
The suspicions raised against Demun by Gen. Wilkinson & Colo. Depeyster’s intercepted letter to him prevented my sending him further orders to proceed with the survey for six months longer & have deprived us of a survey of the coast between Chafalaya and mouth of Mississippi Two things in this report deserve notice at this time— 1. Facility of conveying the Spanish treasures from Vera Cruz to...
Indiana Lead mines May be leased for five years by 5 Sec. of Act of 3 March 1807. page 336 last session From the papers of Gen. Guest deceased memoranda of a lead mine in Indiana fell into the hands of his sons; one of whom assisted by John Shouse are said to have discovered it. They have quarrelled: and the enclosed distinct proposals were made by John Shouse, and by Bledsoe in the name of...
The reduction of the large map of the Western road was neglected. A small one shewing only the courses & principal towns but not all the details was however made & is sent (to be if you please returned: a copy may be made for you) The red line shews the road as reported by the Commissrs.—The rout by Union town is also designated, as well as the general direction of a road from Brownsville by...
As I understand that dispatches will be sent by the Revenge to our Ministers at Paris, I beg leave to submit to your consideration the propriety of instructing them on three points connected with the existing crisis & with the finances of the Union. I. It may be reasonably expected that a change in our political situation may afford additional motives to the party concerned to cede the...
…will do more than to open sloven ly sixty, and will encourage a completion in the same style, for which the 5 p% appropriation, on the sales of lands, secured by the compact with the State of Ohio, will gradually afford sufficient funds. The part of the road to which I would propose to apply the existing appropriation is beginning at Gwinn’s & proceeding westward—1st because there is little...
I was in the act of writing you a note when I received your’s together with the enclosures. Being at this moment under the operation of medicine I cannot wait on you this morning. If I am able I will go to you this evening.   It appears to me that the only thing which can be done to day is to send orders for making the best defence in case of attack. But it is probable that the information of...
I this moment receive yr. letter which Mr. Patton sent after me. I am so much fatigued that I cannot ride all night by the mail; but I will be with you on Wednesday about 2 or 3 o’clock afternoon— With respectful attachment Your obt. Sert. DLC : Papers of Thomas Jefferson.
The designations of office in the enclosed list are correct: with the addition of a 2d commission to Thomas Nelson of “Inspector of the revenue for the port of York-town”; & his commission of collector must also be for the district of York-town . The enclosed letter from Mr Christie is written for the purpose of shewing the necessity of putting a cutter under his direction. The two Chesapeak...
Treasurer’s weekly payments. from 1 Jany. to 30th March 1807 Those which should be sent weekly to the President have been necessarily delayed on account of the absence of a clerk who left the office abruptly on 1st January & only lately replaced. Those from 1 April will be prepared as early as possible— DLC : Papers of Thomas Jefferson.
It was determined some time ago by you that the collector of Yorktown Virga., who had made no returns for some years tho’ repeatedly requested to do it, should be removed: and Mr. Basset was requested to recommend a successor. The recommendations now enclosed contain also an apology for the present officer. To me it appears insufficient: but you will be able to decide how far the circumstance...
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 bankers of the United States at London have under date of 14th. March last advised that they had, after consulting Mr Monroe, paid a draft of £ 1500 St. drawn by Mr. Lear on 11th. Octer. last in favor of John Gavino. As the two credits which had been previously opened by direction of the Department of State to Mr. Lear with Messrs. Baring, and amounting together to £ 27,000 St., had been...
Proposals &c. for a light house on St. Simon’s island in Georgia. The light house was authorized in 1804: the ground procured & a cession obtained same year; notification issued, in 1805; and proposals received in March 1806: but the lowest, vizt. Gould’s at 12,000 dollars exceeding the appropriation, nothing could be done. Congress have made last session a sufficient appropriation; and it is...
I enclose the following papers vizt. 1. The answers to the several letters respecting the surveying of the coast, on which I will not give any opinion untill you have read them. I will only observe that it appears that Cape Henlopen may be taken as a general point of departure in relation to all the other points on the coast, its longitude from Greenwich being ascertained with as much...
Colo. Newton of Norfolk sent to my care a small box which apparently contains green wax or wax candles. It is at my house & was accompanied with a letter which is enclosed. I have written to Govr. Harrison to take every step authorised by the act of last session for the removal of intruders who injure the timber near the saline; & have requested him to state the expense of conveying the salt...
[In Gallatin’s hand:] To the Secretary of the Treasury Pay to   out of the fund appropriated to defray the contingent charges of Government the sum of   (to be applied by him in conformity with my instructions ) and for which he is to be charged on the Treasury Books. The object may be expressed instead of using the words “in conformity with my instructions”—But it is not necessary in the...
Mr Madison spoke to me respecting the payment of certain expenses in relation to Mr Burr’s prosecution. All the legal expenses so far as authorised by law, such as the compensation of witnesses &c. must be paid by the Marshal; & where any advances have been made to such witnesses in order to enable them to travel, he should be informed of the amount, in order that he may deduct the same in...
I enclose Govr. Harrison’s letter & his contract with Mr Taylor for the lease of the Salines; which as you will perceive requires your approbation. The contract is certainly an advantageous one for the intended object—the reduction of the price of salt. I believe that it will be found cheaper to carry the water by pipes lower down the creek than to attempt to improve its navigation. But a road...
The number of seamen employed in American vessels may be deduced either from the hospital money paid by them, or from the actual tonnage of the United States. The hospital money paid in 1805 was 58,000 dollars, but allowing for omitted, may be stated at 60,000 dollars. Supposing each Seaman to have paid for eight months service or 1 dollar & 60 cents, it would give only 37,500 seamen, paying...
I hope this will find you safely arrived at Monticello; and that this short relaxation from public cares will completely re-establish your health. I give this day to Mr Madison the result of my enquiries respecting the whole number of our seamen and the proportion of British subjects amongst them. You will find this last to be larger than we had estimated &, tho’ conjectural, rests however on...
Notwithstanding what was said yesterday respecting Judge Meigs, yet as he is satisfied, & an accumulation of officers is ineligible & will be unpopular, I am glad to have received this morning the enclosed recommendation for Receiver at Detroit. Abbot being a native of the territory is a recommendation; and Hoffman’ opinion is entitled to grea t consideration. Respectfully Your obedt. Ser. DLC...
Sketch A circular to the several Registers concerning intruders submitted to the consideration of the President whose sanction is necessary for any instructions on the subject by his obedt. Servt. What to prepare for Louisiana I do not know. It seems to me that present intruders cannot, though future may be removed. DLC : Papers of Thomas Jefferson.
Apprehending that the attorney general may have carried away my letter to you respecting the act of last session on the subject of the Orleans & Louisiana claims, I enclose a copy of it. It is necessary that the act should be transmitted to the several land officers: and if the state of your health will permit a few moments attention, not to the question of law which is not easy of solution,...
The law requires that your approbation be obtained for making purchases of the public debt. As there is no other mode to apply three of the 8 annual millions this year, the Commrs. of the sinking fund have directed it should be done, provided you assented thereto. An extract of the minute of their proceedings is enclosed for your consideration. The word “Approved” at bottom will be sufficient...
Present: James Madison, Secretary of State. Albert Gallatin, Secretary of the Treasury. Cæsar A. Rodney, Attorney General. The Secretary of the Treasury laid before the Board a report, dated the 21st of March, 1807, which was read, and is as follows: "That the payments to be made during the year 1807, on account of the public debt, are estimated as followeth, viz: Annual interest and...
It being important that early notice should be given of the suspension of the prohibitory act, Mr Madison, Mr Rodney & myself have drawn a form of proclamation which is enclosed for your signature or corrections. In either case will you have the goodness to send it to Mr Madison’s office; and he will take care that it be published in the National intelligencer of Wednesday. With respectful...
M. Lyon wishes to have an answer to his proposals respecting Salt-springs. It seems to me 1st. That we cannot agree to Let any unless he agrees to make a certain quantity of salt—2dly. that it is best on the whole to leave the managemt. of the springs not yet leased to Govr. Harrison— DLC : Papers of Thomas Jefferson.
Mr Lincoln collector of Boston, in a letter respecting some light houses dated 4th March says “As the time will approach in a few days, when I shall quit my office as collector, I think it &c” Have you considered my letter to you relative to Lattimer’s application on the operation of the law preventing settlements on public lands? The law should be transmitted this or next week, and if you...
I beg leave to call your attention to the act passed, during the last Session, “respecting claims to lands in the Territories of Orleans & Louisiana.” Two laws had already been enacted on that subject Vizt. on 2d March 1805 (7th Vol. pages 288 & following) and on 21 April 1806 (1st Sess. 9th Cong. page 113 & fol.). Those several laws exclusively of some detached provisions, have two general...
I return the list of nominations with a few corrections. The paper marked L.H. respecting E. Dowlf I wish returned in order to direct a prosecution. It is true that Elzey is a Virginian; but where to find good men for Opelousas I do not know; nor have I ascertained whether Elzey would go. In the mean while might not Thompson be advised that Parmelye is removed? The letter I wrote to you is not...