Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Albert Gallatin, 4 November 1803

From Albert Gallatin

Friday [4 Nov. 1803]

Dear Sir

I enclose the proposals for leasing the salt springs together with some observations of Messrs. Breckenridge & Worthington.

Will it be proper to authorize Govr. Harrison to make a contract with Mr Bell on his giving proper security at 66⅔/100 or, if he shall think that Bell cannot be depended upon, with any of the other persons (Beiler excepted) on the same terms? For fear that the whole plan should be defeated by the incapacity of the undertaker, some discretion should be given to Harrison, but under what limitations? is the question.

Respectfully Your obt. Servt.

Albert Gallatin

RC (DLC); partially dated; endorsed by TJ as received from the Treasury Department on 4 Nov. and “Saltsprings” and so recorded in SJL. Enclosures not found.

For the call for proposals and the conditions to be met by the leaseholder of the salt springs, see Gallatin to TJ, 22 June 1803. William Bell won the three-year contract (Lexington Kentucky Gazette, 17 Jan. 1807; Gallatin to TJ, 10 Nov. 1806).

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