Dec. 4. 07.
Th:J. to mr Gallatin
The Cutters being intended to fulfill a legal object, if that of Charleston is not competent, we should certainly provide one which is so. I think she should be of such velocity & force as not to be outsailed or resisted by the African ships, against which nothing should be spared. I concur with you in opinion that MacNeel being here & a good judge, it would be better to let him buy one at Baltimore, of approved swiftness, & suitable in other respects.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.