From Levi Lincoln
Jany 31. 1803
On the reception of your note yesterday, I waited on Mr Gallatin with the inclosed. He was so unwell, as to think, he should not be able to be out this day, but wishes to see you, before you give in your nominations. If you should judge it expedient to remove Watson, Warren is generally thought of as his successor—
I am Sir most respectfully yours
RC (DLC); at foot of text: “President of the U.S.”; endorsed by TJ as received 31 Jan. and “removal of Watson” and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure not identified.