Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Albert Gallatin, 26 February 1807

Feb. 26. 07.

Th:J. to mr Gallatin

One of the Italian artists whom we brought from Italy, brought with him two marble figures, an Apollo & a Venus, which remain in the custom house of Baltimore, because they demand of him a duty of 160. D. he declares they are the work of a single person, working 4. months, at a dollar a day (whether his own work or not I do not know) and consequently worth but 108. D. first cost. add to this that one is got broken, & irreparable. in what way can the estimate of duties be brought to what is right, which he is willing to pay?

NHi: Papers of Albert Gallatin.

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