Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Albert Gallatin, 26 December 1801

From Albert Gallatin

Decer. 26th 1801

Dear Sir

Is it not necessary that you should communicate to Congress the “Order” abolishing the offices of inspectors & erecting the Country North of the Ohio into a separate district? and suggest the necessity of providing by law for the compensation of the Supervisor of that district?

The law authorized the erection of new districts, but has made no provision for the compensation of new Supervisors. Thomas Worthington has, on that account, received only a commission of Inspector—But as Inspector he cannot appoint collectors in case of vacancies & this impedes the operation of the law—Respectfully submitted by

Albert Gallatin

RC (DLC); addressed: “The President”; endorsed by TJ as received from the Treasury Department on 28 Dec. and “Inspectors N.W. district” and so recorded in SJL.

Abolishing the offices of Inspectors: see the Executive Order on Revenue Districts, printed at 29 July. For a discussion of the legislation authorizing the erection of new districts, see Gallatin’s Report on Collection of Internal Revenues, printed at 28 July.

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