20th June 1806
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.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.