Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Isaac Briggs, 5 March 1803

To Isaac Briggs

Washington Mar. 5. 1803.

Dear Sir

I have something to propose to you much to your advantage: but it is necessary I should see you; & as I leave this the day after tomorrow, I have only tomorrow for an interview. I send the bearer express, to see if you could come here tomorrow (Sunday)   Accept my best wishes.

Th: Jefferson

PrC (DLC); at foot of text: “Mr. Isaac Briggs”; endorsed by TJ in ink on verso.

something to propose: TJ offered Briggs the position of surveyor of Mississippi Territory. According to the 3 Mch. act for disposition of lands south of Tennessee, the surveyor was to supervise the laying out of lands previously owned by Indian tribes into townships and half sections in a manner similar to that used to survey the Northwest Territory. The statute authorized a salary of $1,500 for the position (U.S. Statutes at Large description begins Richard Peters, ed., The Public Statutes at Large of the United States…1789 to March 3, 1845, Boston, 1855–56, 8 vols. description ends , 2:233–4; Gallatin to TJ, 21 Mch.; TJ to Wilson Cary Nicholas, 22 Apr.).

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