Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Albert Gallatin, 6 October 1803

From Albert Gallatin

Thursday afternoon [6 Oct. 1803]

Dear Sir

The navy estimates have not yet been sent to Mr Smith for approbation & the substance will be communicated to me to morrow morning. I will call with it on you so that you may write by to morrow’s mail.

I find that the establishment now consists of

The Constitution } each 44
The Philadelphia

& five small vessels all of which are now out & intended to stay the whole year as the crew is enlisted for two years. In my opinion one half of the force vizt. one frigate & two or three small vessels were amply sufficient. The large item of repairs for vessels may be postponed till next year

With respect Your obt. Servt.

Albert Gallatin

RC (DLC); partially dated; endorsed by TJ as received from the Treasury Department on 7 Oct. and “Navy approprn” and so recorded in SJL.

substance will be communicated: the estimates the Navy Department sent to Gallatin have not been found, but see TJ to Robert Smith, 10 Oct.

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