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Memorandums to Albert Gallatin, 10 June 1802

Memorandums to Albert Gallatin

Nicholas Gilman
Henry S. Langdon
John Goddard
John Mc.Clintock
} to be Commissioners
of bankruptcy for
New Hampshire.
N.York






Albany
John Broome.
William Edgar
Jonathan Pearsee junr.
Daniel D. Tompkins
Nathan Sandford
James Fairlie
} } to be do. for the State
of New York.
Abraham G. Lansing
Nicholas N. Quackenbush
George Merchant.
}
Alexander J. Dallas.
Joseph Clay.
Mahlon Dickerson
John Serjeant
Thomas Cumpston
John W. Vancleve
} to be do. for Pensylvania.
 
Richmond



Petersburg
George Hay
William Duvall
George W. Smith
Benjamin Hatcher
} } to be do. for Virginia.
Archibald Thweatt
Thomas Bolling Robertson.
John Mc.rae
Thomas Burchett
}

Th: Jefferson
June 10. 1802

Frankfort. John Rowan
Daniel Weisger
John Inston
} } to be Commissioners of bankruptcy for Kentucky
Lexington James Morrison
John A. Seitz
John Bradford
}

Th: Jefferson

Commissions to be made out.

John Rowan of N. Carolina to be surveyor of the port of Windsor in N.C. vice   dead.

Alexander Scott of Maryland to be Collector of the port of Nanjemoy vice John C. Jones dead

Richard Howard of Delaware to be Master of a revenue cutter.

Mr Gallatin will be pleased to examine whether the descriptions of the commissions, as given above, be correct, and send the papers to the Secretary of state’s office.

Th: Jefferson

June 10. 1802

PrC (DLC). Not recorded in SJL.

FOR PENSYLVANIA: when Gallatin returned to his office on 3 June after spending almost a month in New York, he probably gave TJ his recommendations for bankruptcy commissioners for Pennsylvania, as he had promised to do before he left. Gallatin wrote the names of five Philadelphians on a scrap of paper—the first five appointed by TJ as commissioners for Pennsylvania as indicated above—with “A. J. Dallas” heading the list. Five other recommendations were written on the same scrap of paper. These names are in a column to the left of those written by Gallatin and appear to be in the hand of Dallas, his longtime friend. Dickerson, Sergeant, and Cumpston appear on both lists. Dallas also proposed Tench Coxe and Hugh Moore (MS in DNA: RG 59, LAR, 7:0193, undated, unsigned; Raymond Walters, Jr., Albert Gallatin: Jeffersonian Financier and Diplomat [New York, 1957], 33, 159; National Intelligencer, 7 June 1802; first letter at Gallatin to TJ, 30 Apr.). For Dallas’s recommendation of Moore, see also Appendix II, List 1.

Before Gallatin returned to his office in early June, the Treasury Department sent TJ a letter from North Carolina Senator David Stone, dated 19 May, recommending JOHN ROWAN, a native of Ireland who had come to the U.S. in the 1770s and served in the Revolutionary War, for surveyor at Windsor. Stone described Rowan as an honest, intelligent man whose politics were “uniformly and decidedly republican” (RC in DLC, endorsed by TJ: “Stone David to mr Gallatin. John Rowan to be surveyor of the port of Windsor vice dead”; TJ to Gallatin, 2 July 1802). On his list of appointments, TJ noted Rowan’s selection as surveyor and inspector in place of William Benson at 21 June (see Appendix I).

The Treasury Department forwarded several letters of recommendation for ALEXANDER SCOTT to the president. In correspondence dated 14 May, former Maryland congressman George Dent, appointed U.S. marshal for the Maryland district by TJ, reported the death of the collector of customs at Nanjemoy and recommended Scott for the position. He described him as “liberally educated,” “conveniently situated,” and “uniformly attached to Republican principles.” Scott lived on an estate along the Potomac River a few miles from the office kept by Jones (RC in DNA: RG 59, LAR, endorsed by TJ: “Dent G. to Mr. Gallatin} Alexr Scott to be Collector of Nanjemy vice J. C. Jones”; Biog. Dir. Cong. description begins Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774–1989, Washington, D.C., 1989 description ends ; Gallatin, Papers description begins Carl E. Prince and Helene E. Fineman, eds., The Papers of Albert Gallatin, microfilm edition in 46 reels, Philadelphia, 1969, and Supplement, Barbara B. Oberg, ed., reels 47–51, Wilmington, Del., 1985 description ends , 7:150). Scott had planned to deliver Dent’s letter to Gallatin, but when he found the Treasury secretary was not in Washington, he left it with Daniel C. Brent, requesting him to leave it in Gallatin’s office (RC in DNA: RG 59, LAR, endorsed by TJ: “Alexr Scott to D. C. Brent”). Scott also delivered a 14 May letter from his relative G. R. Brown addressed to Brent. Brown noted that Scott would be “a faithfull & very respectable officer” (RC in same; endorsed by TJ: “Brown G. R. to D. C. Brent} Alexr Scott to be Nanjemy”). Brent wrote Gallatin on Scott’s behalf on 21 May. He described him as “of excellent character, well educated, & much respected” and “in the most trying times a firm & decided Republican.” Brent went on to say that Scott was not a “violent” Republican who offended his political opponents by his conduct and concluded that TJ could not make an appointment that would give “more general satisfaction” (RC in same; endorsed by TJ: “D. C. Brent to Mr. Gallatin} Alexr Scott to be Collector Nanjomy vice John C. Jones. dead”). The final letter forwarded, dated 28 May, came from former Maryland congressman Richard Sprigg, Jr. He advised that the candidate was “a young Gentleman of good natural talents” who had given up his practice as an attorney and settled near Nanjemoy. A firm Jeffersonian Republican, Scott was very respected, although he lived “in the most federal & turbulent county” (RC in same; endorsed by TJ: “R. Sprig to mr Gallatin. Alexr. Scott to be Collector Nanjemy”). In a letter to Gallatin dated 25 May, William Wedderburn, who lived near Nanjemoy and had previously applied for a clerkship in the Treasury Department, also put his name forth as a candidate for the collectorship (RC in same, endorsed by TJ: “Wedderburne Wm. to Mr. Gallatin} to be collector Nanjemy”; Gallatin, Papers description begins Carl E. Prince and Helene E. Fineman, eds., The Papers of Albert Gallatin, microfilm edition in 46 reels, Philadelphia, 1969, and Supplement, Barbara B. Oberg, ed., reels 47–51, Wilmington, Del., 1985 description ends , 5:31, 338).

For the appointment of Captain RICHARD HOWARD, see TJ’s List of Candidates for Appointments printed at 24 Apr. 1802.

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