Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Albert Gallatin, 6 December 1802

From Albert Gallatin

Monday morning Decer. 6th 1802

Dear Sir

The Collectors continue to apply for sea-letters: we have none to send them. Is it intended to discontinue them altogether? If so, what is the proper answer to give to the collectors?

Respectfully your’s

Albert Gallatin

RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received from the Treasury Department on 6 Dec. and “Sea letters” and so recorded in SJL.

In 1793, customs collectors began to distribute sea letters or passports; see Vol. 34:381n.

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