Thomas Jefferson Papers

VIII. Gallatin’s Remarks on the Financial Section, 11 October 1803

VIII. Gallatin’s Remarks on the Financial Section

[11 Oct. 1803]

a. instead of the words “those of the first three quarters &a” to the end of the paragraph; insert. It is already ascertained that the receipts on account of duties on tonnage & merchandize have exceeded   dollars; and that the revenue accrued on the same objects during that period1 has exceeded the sum at which our peace revenue had been established.
b Omit whatever relates to interest & say only. The amount of public debt paid for the same year is estimated at nearly 3,200,000 dollars, making with the paiment of the preceding year,  dollars applied towards the discharge of the principal of the debt: and there remain &a.
c. instead of the words “pledged in” substitute “still applicable towards the payment”
omit altogether the words “the residue” to the end of the paragraph it being matter of course
d the word “then” might be added between “will” and “be,” in order to connect this with the preceding paragraph
e instead of the words “we have supposed” &a to the word “discharged” say “the present existing debts2 will be discharged by the ordinary operation of the sinking fund”
f. I would wish to see all the words from “and such economies” to “injury” altogether omitted; but if the President shall think it proper to retain the idea, the words “and the economies which may still be introduced in our public expences.” This will be more general & embrace the reduction which may result from peace with Tripoli & all other executive savings.
g omit altogether the paragraph “I trust in it” to “counted on”
h instead of the words “I have not used the power” say “it was not thought expedient to use the power” and after the words “domestic debt” add “although proposals to that effect had been received from Holland
   Note. That paragraph would be better in order if connected with that which states the payment made during the year of principal of the debt
i This paragraph may be omitted or connected with the first saying that the Estimates & account of receipts & expenditures will be laid before Congress by the Secrey. of the Treasy.

RC (DLC); undated; in Gallatin’s hand; with emendations by Madison (see note 1 below); endorsed by Gallatin: “Remarks on the financial paragraph respectfully submitted—A.G.”; endorsed by TJ as received from the Treasury Department on 11 Oct. and “Financl branch of message.”

a: in the finished message TJ made no reference to revenues from customs duties.

b: TJ discussed the amount paid on the public debt in the tenth paragraph of the message.

c: also in the tenth paragraph, TJ noted the $2,000,000 appropriated by Congress for the acquisition of New Orleans and still applicable to the purchase of Louisiana.

TJ incorporated the changes that Gallatin suggested in sections d, e, and f into the eleventh paragraph of the revised text.

omit altogether the paragraph: the phrase “counted on,” perhaps a remnant of the paragraph to which Gallatin referred, is in the ninth paragraph of the message.

not thought expedient to use the power: for TJ’s incorporation of this change and for the reference to domestic debt, see the twelfth paragraph of the message.

laid before congress: see the ninth paragraph of the message.

1Madison altered the preceding text to read “on the importations during the same period.”

2Gallatin first continued “must necessarily be discharged by the operation of the provisions alread” before altering the text to read as above.

Index Entries