Nover. 10th 1806
The lease to Bell for the Wabash salt works which was for three years expires on 1st March 1807; and I enclose an application on the subject. The Act of March 3d 1803 (2d Session 9th Congress page 289) authorises the President to lease the springs for a term not exceeding three years. It seems therefore that a new lease cannot be effected without a new law. But as the delay may prevent a lease being made in time; might not Governor Harrison be instructed to advertise immediately for proposals with directions to send them here by 1st Feby.; by which time we would have a law passed authorising you to conclude the transaction?
A letter respecting the appointment of a master for the Savannah revenue cutters is also enclosed.
Respectfully Your obedt. Servt.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.