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To Thomas Jefferson from Albert Gallatin, 5 November 1801

From Albert Gallatin

Treas. Dep. Nov. 5 1801

Dear Sir

The Commr. of Loans Georgia is dead and Mr Millege recommends a Mr Alger for successor.

Shall Mr Peter Bowdoin be made Collector for Cherry Stone? Mr Lee of Norfolk says that he is a violent federal partizan & that a republican may be obtained. But it is necessary that an appointment should take place before the meeting of Congress.

Respectfully your obt. Servt

Albert Gallatin

RC (DLC); at foot of text: “The President of the United States”; endorsed by TJ as received 5 Nov. and “Commr loans Georgia. Collector Cherrystone’s” and so recorded in SJL.

Congressman John Milledge wrote Gallatin from Savannah on 15 Oct., informing him of the death of Richard Wylly, Georgia’s commissioner of loans, and recommending James Alger as his successor, describing him as a man of “industry, talents, and integrity” (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 , 5:864). Alger received the appointment (JEP description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States … to the Termination of the Nineteenth Congress, Washington, D.C., 1828, 3 vols. description ends , 1:401, 405; Vol. 33:670, 677).

Gallatin sent TJ two lists of warrants after his last letter of 24 Oct. In the first list for the week ending 24 Oct., Gallatin reported 16 warrants, Nos. 85 to 100, including No. 95, a sum of $2,131.18 to Andrew Moore, marshal of the western district of Virginia, for conducting the census. Two warrants were listed under the military establishment, one for $10,000 for arms, the other for $40,000 for “Ordinance & clothing” for the army. One warrant, No. 88, under the naval establishment totaled $50,000. Three warrants, totaling $85,000, were issued for the purchase of bills on Holland at 40 cents per guilder for the payment of the Dutch debt. The total for the week was $191,834.25 (MS in DLC, TJ Papers, 117:20175; entirely in Gallatin’s hand; endorsed by Gallatin: “Weekly list of Warrants ending 24th Octer.”; endorsed by TJ as received from the Treasury Department on 26 Oct. and so recorded in SJL). In the “Weekly List of Warrants for week ending 31st Oct. 1801,” Gallatin reported 13 warrants, Nos. 101 to 113. Five were recorded under the civil list, including No. 111 for $1,220.45 to Samuel Harrison Smith for printing for the State Department. Three warrants were recorded under miscellaneous, including No. 108 to John Woodside, clerk in the comptroller’s office, for $300, reimbursement of expenses for his move to Washington. Two warrants were issued under “Intercourse with foreign nations,” No. 104, for $9,000, to Robert R. Livingston for his outfit as minister to France, and No. 105, for $650, to Thomas Sumter, for his salary as secretary of the legation. One warrant for $10,000 was recorded under the military establishment for payment of the army. Two warrants, totaling $17,000, were issued for the purchase of bills on Holland at 40 cents per guilder for the payment of the Dutch debt. The warrants for the last week of October totaled $44,178.45 (MS in same, TJ Papers, 117:20213; entirely in Gallatin’s hand; endorsed by TJ as received from the Treasury Department on 31 Oct. and “Warrants” and so recorded in SJL).

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