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To Thomas Jefferson from Albert Gallatin, 3 June 1801

From Albert Gallatin

3d June 1801

The enclosed were yesterday given to me by Mr Marsh a member of the Executive Council of New Jersey, & one of those who recommend Mr Linn—The three Gentlemen who sign a recommendation in his favor are the other three republican members of the same body. He applies for the Collectorship of Perth Amboy vice Bell the tory, and in lieu of Gen. Heard who had been before recommended. He is from Essex County, an old man, has not the appearance of very bright talents, was during last war in the Quarter master General department.

If it be thought better to appoint General Heard, he Marsh1 may be told at once that the place is promised or engaged to the General—

With respect

Albert Gallatin

RC (DLC); addressed: “The President of the United States”; endorsed by TJ as received 4 June and so recorded in SJL with notation “Marsh”; also endorsed by TJ: “Marsh. collector Perth Amboy vice Bell.” Enclosures not found.

For the appointment of Daniel Marsh as collector at Perth Amboy in place of Andrew Bell, see Notes on New Jersey Patronage, printed at 5 Mch. 1801. The other three republican members of the Legislative Council were John Lambert, Abraham Kitchell, and William McCullough (Journal of the Proceedings of the Legislative-Council of the State of New-Jersey, Convened in General Assembly, at Trenton, on Tuesday the twenty-eighth Day of October, One Thousand Eight Hundred [Trenton, N.J., 1801], 3, 14, 29, 33; Carl E. Prince, New Jersey’s Jeffersonian Republicans: The Genesis of an Early Party Machine, 1789–1817 [Chapel Hill, 1964], 82, 129; Walter R. Fee, The Transition from Aristocracy to Democracy in New Jersey, 1789–1829 [Somerville, N.J., 1933], 71, 93; Kline, Burr description begins Mary-Jo Kline, ed., Political Correspondence and Public Papers of Aaron Burr, Princeton, 1983, 2 vols. description ends , 2:771n).

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