Thomas Jefferson Papers

Notes on the Establishment of New Revenue Districts, [ca. 1 May 1802]

Notes on the Establishment of New Revenue Districts

[ca. 1 May 1802]

Agenda under the law making new ports

after June 30 the District of East river (Virga) established

the proper place for the port of entry & delivery to be designated by Presidt Collector & Surveyor of the customs to reside thereat to be appd by Pres.

Bennet’s cr. N.C. put down as a port of delivery

port of delivery establd. at the Tombstone on Salmon creek

Surveyor of the customs to be appointed to reside there

a port of delivy establd. at Parmly’s at the mouth of Slade’s cr. N.C.

Surveyor of customs to be appd to reside there immedly. establd. the district of Marietta

Collector of the customs to be appd to reside at Marietta

when Pres. thinks proper may estab. a port of entry & delivy on Missi. to reside where he shall designate.

Collector of customs to be appd

Surveyor or Surveyors to be appd to reside at such places as he may designate as ports of delivery only

MS (DLC: TJ Papers, 128:22143); entirely in TJ’s hand; undated, but see below.

Although Gallatin promised to send TJ information on the new revenue districts established by Congress, TJ took his own notes on the legislation, perhaps as he signed the act on 1 May. On or after 30 June, TJ was to provide a collector and surveyor for the DISTRICT OF EAST RIVER, formed out of the district of Yorktown, in Virginia; a surveyor at TOMBSTONE, established as a port of delivery in place of Bennet’s Creek, in the district of Edenton, in North Carolina; and a surveyor at SLADE’S Creek, established as a port of delivery in the district of Washington, in North Carolina, “on a certain tract of land, intended and designated for a town, whereon William Parmley resides.” The act called for the immediate establishment of the DISTRICT OF MARIETTA on the Ohio River in the Northwest Territory and the appointment of a collector of customs to reside and keep an office at the town of Marietta, “the sole port of entry and delivery for the said district.” ON MISSI.: Congress also gave the president the right to establish a second port of entry with a collector and ports of delivery with surveyors on the Mississippi River (U.S. Statutes at Large description begins Richard Peters, ed., The Public Statutes at Large of the United States … 1789 to March 3, 1845, Boston, 1855–56, 8 vols. description ends , 2:181; Gallatin to TJ, 30 Apr. [first letter]).

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