Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Albert Gallatin, 29 January 1803

From Albert Gallatin

29th Jany. 1803

Dear Sir

I enclose a recommendation for the office of “Surveyor of the port of Nixinton in the district of Camden” (N.Ca.) and of “inspector of the revenue for the same port.”

The office has long been vacant; but we had waited, for the meeting of Congress, for better information. Both Mr Stone and Mr Wynnes concur in approving Mr Brewer. [The] last gentleman lives not far from the [port]

The corrected navy estimates are much wanted. Whatever you will decide shall be recommended to the Committee of Ways & Means.

With great respect Your obedt. Servt.

Albert Gallatin

RC (DLC); torn; addressed: “The President of the United States”; endorsed by TJ as received from the Treasury Department on 29 Jan. and “nomn Wm. Brewer” and so recorded in SJL; also endorsed by TJ: “navy approprn.” Enclosure: Enoch Sawyer to Gallatin, Collectors Office, District of Camden, 1 Sep. 1802, informing the Treasury secretary that upon the resignation of Hugh Knox, he designated William Brewer to perform the duties of surveyor of the port of Nixonton; Sawyer does not know a person better qualified for the appointment than Brewer, who is a gentleman of “property & integrity,” resides at Nixonton, and “has some knowledge of the revenue laws having for some considerable time transacted the business there as Mr. Knox’s deputy” (RC in DNA: RG 59, LAR; endorsed by TJ: “Brewer Wm. to be Collector & Inspector Nixonton v. Hugh Knox”).

Republican Thomas Wynns (wynnes), a planter from Hertford County, North Carolina, took his seat in the House of Representatives on 7 Dec. 1802, filling the vacancy caused by the death of Charles Johnson. He was reelected to the Eighth and Ninth Congresses and served until 3 Mch. 1807 (Biog. Dir. Cong. description begins Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-1989, Washington, D.C., 1989 description ends ; William S. Powell, ed., Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, 6 vols. [Chapel Hill, 1979–96], 6:285; Vol. 37:343n).

For the appointment of William brewer, see TJ to the Senate, 2 Feb.

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