Decer. 11th 1806
The revenue law directs that all the inferior custom house officers shall be appointed by the collector with the approbation of the Secretary of the Treasury. I have heretofore approved in every instance; indeed the responsibility ought to rest on the collector, nor is there any reason to interfere unless some apparent impropriety should strike at first view.
I now enclose a letter from Mr Christie, my answer, and two letters from Messrs Moore & M’Creary on the subject of the removal proposed. I asked the opinion of those gentlemen, because I had always understood that Eifelbercher the weigh-master was respectable & a steady republican. It seems to me that with that information I ought to disapprove the removal & proposed appointment, but this being on my part a new procedure, I beg leave to submit it to you before I act. With respectful attachment Your obedt. Servt.
The nett profits of the office of weigh-master at Baltimore must be above two thousand dollars a year.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.