Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Albert Gallatin, 9 September 1802

From Albert Gallatin

New York 9th Septer. 1802

Dear Sir

I have been here four days, and have felt the effects of my late stay in Washington: I am now recovered, but lament that the situation of that place should be an impediment to that constant superintendence, which is so essentially necessary in the Treasury department. On the 20th instt., I intend leaving this place with my family, and expect to be at the seat of Government before the end of the month.

In my own department, I have nothing of any importance to communicate. The commissions to Cross & to Wilson for Newburyport & Marblehead have been forwarded. Mr Brent of the Dept. of State has been instructed to forward that to John Shore for Petersburgh. That for Gibault vice Tuck for Gloucester I have enclosed in a private letter to Capt. Crowninshield with a request that he should make positive enquiries as to the propriety of the appointment & removal, & the certainty of Gibault accepting, & in case of any impediment, that he should return the new commission to me to be cancelled, & keep the matter, in that case, in silence. I have yet no information for Oswego & Brunswick (Georgia), & wait for your instructions in relation to Yorktown (Virginia)—When I transmitted the recommendation for Wentworth as surveyor of Portsmouth (New Hampshire), I also sent letters from Messrs. Whipple & Langdon making recommendations for Master & Mate of the revenue cutter there. The cutter is ready, and the commissions, which are ready signed & in my possession, should be transmitted. Will you be pleased to signify your approbation, & to send me the names & christian names of the two persons recommended, as I have preserved no copy?

I was sorry to find that you had approved the sending of another frigate (the John Adams), as I did not believe that it was necessary, & the appropriations for that object were exhausted. In recommending the sending the New York, I went as far as those appropriations would permit, and did not know that application had been made to you for another, until after it was done & the mail closed.

Edward Livingston has not yet rendered his account of bonds put in suit & is gone to Virginia. I continue very uneasy to that account.

I wrote to Colo. Lee the new collector of Salem who had recommended Wilson as successor of Gerry & whose name (Wilson’s) appears to the petition in favor of Gerry, that his removal was indispensible. The petition is returned.

I enclose a letter from Colo. Hay of Vermont, but have informed his friends here that the French would not admit any Consul in their West Indian Colonies.

I am with great respect & attachment Your obedt. Servt.

Albert Gallatin

RC (DLC); addressed: “Thomas Jefferson President of the United States”; endorsed by TJ as received from the Treasury Department on 16 Sep. and so recorded in SJL with notation “various”; also endorsed by TJ: “the several commns. master & mate of revenue cutter Portsmth. the John Adams Edwd. Livingston Udney Hay.” Enclosure: Udny Hay to Albert Gallatin, Underhill, Vermont, 17 Aug. 1802, recommending his nephew Alexander Hay as U.S. consul at Martinque, where he has lived for about three years and wishes to remain; his nephew, educated in Great Britain, came to the United States in 1792; he speaks French and is “active, diligent and accurate in business”; his appointment would support Gallatin’s wish to “patronise merit” and also promote the public good (RC in DNA: RG 59, LAR; endorsed by TJ: “Hay Udney to mr Gallatin. Alex. Hay to be Consul Martinqe”).

See Enclosures No. 5 and 6 listed at Gallatin to TJ, 17 Aug., for the recommendations of Hopley Yeaton as MASTER and Benjamin Gunnison as MATE OF THE REVENUE CUTTER at Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

APPROPRIATIONS FOR THAT OBJECT WERE EXHAUSTED: in the 1803 appropriation for the navy, almost $200,000 was allocated to cover the deficiencies of 1802, including the pay, provisions, and other expenditures for the Mediterranean squadron (Gallatin to TJ, 18 Jan. 1803).

PETITION IS RETURNED: see TJ to Gallatin, 30 Aug.

HIS FRIENDS HERE: Udny Hay wrote that he was also contacting Governor George Clinton on his nephew’s behalf (see enclosure described above).

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