Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Albert Gallatin, 3 November 1805

3 Nover. 1805

Dear Sir

The returns of tonnage for 1804 are in the Register’s office, but not yet arranged. On 31 Decer. 1803, our tonnage was as follows. vizt.

1. Registered tonnage employed in foreign trade 585,909
Do. in whale fisheries 11,247
Enrolled in do 1,142
Whale fisheries 12,389
In cod fisheries vizt.
 above 20 tons 42,773 } 50,969
 under 20 do    8,196             
2. Total in fisheries 63,358
3. In coasting trade vizt.
above 20 tons 237,787 } 267,787
under do. do 30,000 ________
Total 917,054
which at the rate of six 6
seamen per 100 tons gives 55,023 seamen

But the returns derived from the payment of hospital money fall short of that amount: perhaps they cheat; perhaps the rate of six men for 100 tons is too much. We may however count safely on fifty thousand—Note that the above amount does not include the seamen then in our navy who might on 31 Decer. 1803 amount to one thousand—

With respectful attachment Your obedt. Sevt.

Albert Gallatin

DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.

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