Jan. 12. 07.
Th:J. to mr Gallatin
I return you the letter of mr Gelston respecting the Brutus. from what I learn she cannot be destined for the Misipi because she draws too much water to enter it. however considering the difficulty Congress finds in enlarging the limits of our preventive powers, I think we should be cautious how we step across those limits ourselves. she is probably bound to St. Domingo. could not Congress, while continuing that law amend it so as to prevent the abuse actually practised? affectionate salutns.
NHi: Papers of Albert Gallatin.