Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Albert Gallatin, 26 March 1805

26 March 1805

Dear Sir

The bad arrangement of districts on the Lakes had heretofore prevented the organisation of the district of Erie which includes Cayoga. A representation was made on that subject to Congress and a law was obtained which, amongst other things, authorizes you to designate the port of entry & delivery for the district of Erie. Cayoga is the most proper place for that purpose, and I mentioned to you that as soon as I could hear of a proper character for the office I would submit the appointment to you. This of course has anticipated the request of the assembly of Ohio, as it will give them not only a port of delivery but one of entry at Cayoga. It may be expected that the district will be organised in the course of the spring.

I have nothing new to mention. The Treasury is poor; and if all the bills come at once from France it will be difficult even with the assistance of the Bank to meet them. A loan of about one million & half will be necessary: but I think we will be able to repay it in the course of the year. Mr Livingston’s arrangements on that & some other subjects have not been the best possible; and much do I fear that his interference & schemes respecting Florida have done much to prevent Mr Monroe’s success in Spain.

With sincere attachment & respect Your obedt. Sevt.

Albert Gallatin

DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.

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