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From Thomas Jefferson to James Madison and Albert Gallatin, 20 June 1801

To James Madison and Albert Gallatin

June 20. 1801.

The application1 of William Greetham for a Mediterranean pass for a vessel owned here, tho built abroad, being unauthorised by practice; tho’ perhaps not by law, and concerning the departments of both the State & Treasury, I ask the favor of mr Madison and mr Gallatin to give me their opinions thereon: at the same time I communicate to them what passed on the subject of passports under General Washington’s administration, when the question was first taken up.

Th: Jefferson

RC (DLC: Madison Papers); endorsed by Madison. PrC (DLC); pressed on same sheet below conclusion of Enclosure No. 2. Enclosures: (1) Opinion on Ship Passports, 3 May 1793 (Tr in DLC: Madison Papers, in clerk’s hand, with minor corrections by TJ and signed by him, at head of text in TJ’s hand: “Opinion given to President Washington,” at foot of text: “copy,” subjoined to enclosure printed below; MS printed in Vol. 25:645–7). (2) Printed below.

For the application of William Greetham, see Gallatin to TJ, 18 June.

1TJ first wrote “The question arising on the application” before revising the sentence to read as above.

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