From Albert Gallatin
Treasury Depart. 27th Augt. 1802
I leave the office under the care of Mr Nourse, and if I can stand the journey will set off for New York this day, but feel much indisposed.
Please to let me know whether you approve the recommendations of Messrs. Langdon & Whipple for officers of the revenue cutter, and in that case to send me their names with which I may fill blank commissions. I have presumed to get a commission for the surveyor of Albany recommended by Govr. Clinton.
Whenever you shall have decided on a successor to Colo. Heath, & for one to Mr Reynolds, you may inform Mr Madison of it, who will direct his clerk Mr Brent, in whose hands he has left signed blank commissions, to fill the same.
Please to direct to this place, until you shall further hear from me. If I am absent, the letters will be forwarded to New York.
I am with respect & attachment Your obedt. & affectionate Servt.
RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received from the Treasury Department on 29 Aug. and so recorded in SJL with notation “Appointmts.”
John Langdon and Joseph Whipple recommended Hopley Yeaton and Benjamin Gunnison as officers for the new revenue cutter at Portsmouth (see Enclosures No. 5 and No. 6 listed at Gallatin to TJ, 17 Aug. 1802).
SURVEYOR OF ALBANY: Governor George Clinton’s recommendation has not been found, but Abraham Bloodgood received the appointment (Vol. 33:670; Appendix I).