Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Albert Gallatin, 3 November 1808

Nov. 3. 08.

Th:J. to mr Gallatin

A press of business has prevented my sooner taking up the 3. bundles of papers now returned, and even now, I judge of them from the Brief you have been so good as to make so fully. this is an immense relief to me.

1. the Wabash Saline. I think the applications from Nashville Etc. for a share of the salt had better not be complied with. I suspect we did wrong in yielding a similar privilege to Kentucky. there would be no end to the details of the partitioning plan; and it will only shift the gains into other hands, adding the unavoidable inequalities of distribution. better leave the distribution to it’s former & ordinary course, & the benefits will taper off from the center untill lost by distance.

Indiana lead mines. I think it would be well to authorize Govr. Harrison to lease them to the present applicants, the former ones declining.

Intrusions on public lands. I suspect you have partly forgotten what was agreed on the other day. 1. notice was agreed to be given by a Register to be appointed to all intruders on the Tenessee purchase, to disclaim or remove: and in the spring troops are to be sent to remove all non-compliers. those on the Indian lands (except Double heads) to be absolutely removed without the privilege of disclaimer. 2. as to the intruders on Red river we agreed to leave them & get Congress to extend the land law to them.

I think it will be better you should write to Govr. Williams about the appointment of officers. things casually incidental to a main business belonging to another department, had better be made the subject of a single instruction. I am sure the Secretary of State will thank you to take the trouble. affectte. salutns.

NHi: Papers of Albert Gallatin.

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