Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Albert Gallatin, 10 November 1806

Nover. 10th 1806

Dear Sir

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.

Albert Gallatin

DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.

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