Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Albert Gallatin, 24 August 1802

From Albert Gallatin

Washington Aug. 24. 1802

Dear Sir

I duly received your letter of the 20th & will attend to its contents. I have not had less business to do since I have been in office, & have nothing to communicate. Your answer to my last, & your determination in respect to Barbary I am waiting for, with some anxiety, as, although I am yet well, the weather is intensely hot & bilious complaints begin to appear. Gen. Dearborn left the city this morning; he had been unwell for several days; my first clerk is expected daily; the next is sick & unable to attend; & so is Miller the comr. of the revenue; the Auditor was complaining & is gone. I intend going at once to New York for my family & to be here the latter end of September. Will you be good enough to direct your letters to me there. Whilst there, I will think of whatever, within the Treasury department, may be necessary for the meeting of Congress, whether for information or to occupy their deliberations. I presume that they will have little or nothing to do, and think the less for the present the better. Mr Page certainly declines; but Heath, on retiring, has appointed a deputy who can legally act until a successor takes possession. I know not Dr. Shore’s christian name, and it is of some importance to ascertain whether he means to accept.

I am with attachment & respect Your obedt. Servt.

Albert Gallatin

RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received from the Treasury Department on 26 Aug. and “Page. Heath. Shore” and so recorded in SJL.

YOUR ANSWER: see TJ to Gallatin, 23 Aug. For the Treasury secretary’s LAST letter on the BARBARY affair, see Gallatin to TJ, 20 Aug.

MY FIRST CLERK: Edward Jones recovered from his illness and returned to Washington by 13 Sep. NEXT IS SICK: Daniel Sheldon continued unwell and left to visit his family in Connecticut as soon as Jones resumed his duties (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 , 7:510, 534, 537, 587; Cunningham, Process of Government description begins Noble E. Cunningham, Jr., The Process of Government under Jefferson, Princeton, 1978 description ends , 328).

On 13 Sep., the Norfolk Commercial Register carried the news that John PAGE had declined the appointment as collector at Petersburg. Four days later it noted John Shore’s appointment.

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