Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Albert Gallatin, 1 November 1807

Nov. 1. 07.

Th:J. to mr Gallatin

I inclose you a letter & a pamphlet from the court of Chatham county in Georgia against Edward White Inspector of the port of Savanna. he happens to be also a clerk of that court. he & his court have differed in opinion about their rights & duties. the lawyers, as they always do, have given contrary opinions; the Governor has taken side with the clerk, & the court want us to take side with them & remove White as Inspector. but what bearing has all this on his conduct as Inspector? there is not a word of his being incorrect in that. they say indeed he has been guilty of forgery in his records. but this is another name given to an act which might be only an error of conception in making his entry. I send the papers to you as some of the members may perhaps speak with you on the subject. Affectionate salutns.

DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.

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