To Albert Gallatin
Dec. 29. 1801.
Th:J. to mr Gallatin.
I inclose you a letter I recieved yesterday from mr Stone on the subject of the Wilmington collectorship. you will percieve he is in favor of Bloodworth, and counting on a personal opposition from mr Steele, confides another in the judgment you will form on your own knolege of mr Bloodworth. his letter of course must not be seen by mr Steele. if you have an opportunity of seeing mr Franklin, I wish you would ask his opinion, as he is an honest judicious man. does Johnston come from the quarter of Wilmington? I know nothing of him personally, nor how far his opinion would merit confidence.
Is it worth while for me to state to Congress the particular inspectorships put down, while we expect confidently they will put down the whole internal system? Will you prepare a message to them respecting the erection of the N. Western district & compensation for the Supervisor, as you are more familiar with the laws & facts relating to the subject than I am? I suppose the compensation is only to be retrospective. health & esteem.
P.S. I approve of your not medling with the bank elections. I will do what I can, delicately, for mrs Jackson.
RC (NHi: Gallatin Papers); addressed: “The Secretary of the Treasury”; endorsed. PrC (DLC). Enclosure: David Stone to TJ, 28 Dec. 1801.
Your own knolege of Mr Bloodworth: Gallatin and Timothy Bloodworth served together in the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Congresses, Gallatin as a representative from Pennsylvania, Bloodworth as senator from North Carolina. For Gallatin’s earlier evaluation of Bloodworth as a candidate for the collectorship, see Gallatin to TJ, [19 Oct. 1801]. Jesse Franklin served as senator and Charles Johnson (Johnston) as a representative from North Carolina in the Seventh Congress. Johnson lived near Edenton, in Chowan County (Biog. Dir. Cong. description begins Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774–1989, Washington, D.C., 1989 description ends ).