Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Albert Gallatin, 20 June 1806

20th June 1806

Dear Sir

By the 3d Section of the enclosed act, you are authorized to designate the port of entry of the district of Ocracock. A letter of the collector shews the situation & a plan is annexed. But it would I think be improper to designate only a spot: a certain extent may be defined by boundaries so that the collector may have some choice in fixing himself. Every other port extends as far as the town itself does. I have marked Such boundaries as will include Shell castle which with the exception of about 70 feet square belongs to Wallace, Beacon island which is a marsh belonging to the U. States, and Portsmouth point which includes a small village of the same name & belongs to several proprietors.    The two forms of designation are submitted. No. 1 consists with the boundaries I have marked on the plan. No. 2 is shorter but excludes Beacon island.

Whenever you have determined on the proper boundaries, an act shall be prepared for your signature.

With great respect Your obedt. Servt.

Albert Gallatin

DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.

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