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Albert Gallatin to Thomas Jefferson, 18 December 1812

From Albert Gallatin

Washington Decer 18th 1812

Dear Sir

There is not now any vacant office of Receiver of public monies in the Mississippi territory. There was a vacancy last spring which was filled before the end of the last session of Congress.

The series of misfortunes experienced this year in our military land operations exceeds all anticipations made even by those who had least confidence in our inexperienced officers and undisciplined men. I believe that Gen. Dearborn has done all that was in his power. The conduct of Hull, Rensselaer & Smyth cannot be accounted for on any rational principle. It is to be hoped that Mr Eustis’s resignation will open brighter prospects. For although those three disasters cannot with justice be ascribed to him, yet his incapacity and the total want of confidence in him were felt through every ramification of the public service. To find a successor qualified, popular, and willing to accept is extremely difficult.

With sincere attachment & respect Your obedt Servt

Albert Gallatin

RC (DLC); at foot of text: “Mr Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ as received 25 Dec. 1812. Tr (NHi: Gallatin Papers); posthumous copy.

Former Pennsylvania congressman Samuel Smith was nominated as receiver of public monies for the district east of the Pearl River in Mississippi Territory on 1 July 1812 and confirmed the following day (JEP description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States description ends , 2:281, 284).Secretary of War William Eustis submitted his resignation to James Madison on 3 Dec. 1812, and his duties were temporarily added to those of Secretary of State James Monroe (Madison, Papers description begins William T. Hutchinson, Robert A. Rutland, John C. A. Stagg, and others, eds., The Papers of James Madison, 1962– , 31 vols.  Congress. Ser., 17 vols.  Pres. Ser., 6 vols.  Sec. of State Ser., 8 vols description ends , Pres. Ser., 5:477; Washington National Intelligencer, 15 Dec. 1812).

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  • Dearborn, Henry; and invasion of Canada search
  • Eustis, William; as secretary of war search
  • Gallatin, Albert; and appointments search
  • Gallatin, Albert; letters from search
  • Hull, William; and surrender of Northwest Army search
  • Mississippi Territory; appointments in search
  • Monroe, James; as secretary of state search
  • Smith, Samuel (of Pennsylvania); and Miss. Territory appointment search
  • Smyth, Alexander; and Niagara Campaign search
  • Van Rensselaer, Stephen; defeat at Queenston Heights search