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To Thomas Jefferson from Albert Gallatin, 21 September 1801

From Albert Gallatin

Washington Sept. 21st 1801

Dear Sir

I have nothing new to communicate; expecting to see you in a few days, and being much engaged this day, I only enclose the list of Warrants & two letters, one from Mr Dent applying for the Treasurer’s office, & one from Doctr. Bache, to which last I am at a loss how to answer.   Mr Habersham seems embittered and determined not to accept the office of Treasurer.

I can go on with the routine of this Department; but I have not been used to be so long left to myself for every thing &, besides the pleasure I will feel in seeing you, am on public account extremely anxious for your arrival.   Robt. Smith returned only last night. Gen. Dearborne expects to leave home the 24th.

With great respect & attachment Your obt. Servt.

Albert Gallatin

RC (DLC); at foot of text: “The President of the United States”; endorsed by TJ as received from the Treasury Department. Recorded in SJL as received 24 Sep. Enclosures: (1) “Weekly list of Warrants issued on Treasurer for week ending 19th Septer. 1801,” reporting 28 warrants, Nos. 171 to 198, inclusive, for a total of $526,418.16, including 6 for “Intercourse with foreign nations,” totaling $68,747.96; 8 on commissioners of loans for interest and reimbursement of the domestic debt, totaling $378,284; and 5 for the purchase of bills on Holland at 40 cents, totaling $68,852; with a balance in the Treasury at the beginning of the week of $3,717,381.05, and a closing balance of $3,423,888.66 (MS in DLC; entirely in Gallatin’s hand; endorsed by Gallatin on verso). (2) George Dent to Gallatin, Port Tobacco, 14 Sep., applying for the office of treasurer, being informed that it is vacant (RC in DLC). (3) William Bache to Gallatin, 11 Sep., writing as a friend, he notes that his Albemarle establishment has not been as profitable as expected and inquires about a position in the federal government at Washington or Philadelphia, “which, from the knowledge you may have of me, as well as my connections, it may not be improper to employ me in” and asking especially about “new arrangements in the Post office”; requesting that Gallatin answer him as soon as possible “as my arrangments depend entirely upon its tenor” (same).

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