Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Albert Gallatin, 11 October 1802

From Albert Gallatin

Octer. 11th 1802

Dear Sir

I enclose the resignation of the surveyor of the customs at Smithfield, an out post attached to Norfolk. The office is trifling; yet it may be acceptable to some person there who ought to have it. If you have any correspondent in that vicinity who can give information, it will relieve me from the inconvenience of writing to the Collector Mr Davies.

With respect & attachment Your obedt. Servt.

Albert Gallatin

RC (DLC); at foot of text: “The President”; endorsed by TJ as received from the Treasury Department on 11 Oct. and “Thos. Blow surveyor of Smithfd. resigned” and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure: Thomas Blow to William Davies, Smithfield, 1 Oct. 1802, notifying the collector that he was resigning his commission because he was leaving Smithfield (RC in same).

RESIGNATION: Thomas Blow had served as surveyor and inspector at Smithfield, Virginia, since February 1800. In 1801, he received a $250 salary as surveyor, plus $4 in commissions and fees, but deductions for office expenses reduced his compensation to $198.50 (Letter from the Secretary of the Treasury, Accompanying a Statement of the Emoluments of the Officers Employed in the Collection of the Customs, for the Year 1801 [Washington, D.C., 1802]). For his income in 1800, see ASP description begins American State Papers: Documents, Legislative and Executive, of the Congress of the United States, Washington, D.C., 1832–61, 38 vols. description ends , Miscellaneous, 1:274.

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