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From Thomas Jefferson to Robert Smith, 3 January 1805

Jan. 3. 05.

Th:J. to mr Smith.

I recieve your letter of yesterday in the kind light in which you intended it: and as it suggests not a loss of you in our administration but only a change of position, I permit myself to consider whether it will lessen our difficulty. it brings the question to this point whether it is easier to find an Attorney general or a Secretary of the Navy? I apprehend it is easiest to find the former. I know of three persons who might do for the latter: but they are all in business which I think they would not leave. as you do not permit me to consult my coleagues will you name to me the three persons you contemplate and let me have a minute’s conversation with you on the subject? affectionate salutations.

DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.

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