James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Albert Gallatin, [18 May] 1801

From Albert Gallatin

[18 May 1801]

Dr Sir

I find that all Commissions are made out in your office. Those agreed upon yesterday1 & which, the President, conceiving they were made out in this office, had directed me to prepare are


Samuel Bishop Collector of New Haven vice E. Goodrich2

Alexander Wolcott Collector of Middletown vice3

Ephraim Kirby Supervisor of Connecticut vice John Chester4

New Jersey

John Hurd Collector of Amboy vice   Bell5

New commissions to be also made out to Samuel Bosworth & Nathaniel Philips respectively Surveyors of “Bristol” and “Warren & B⟨arrington.”⟩6 […] The circumstances of the case of George House7 first mate of the Revenue Cutter “Argus” will appear in your office where all commissions are recorded vizt. Was he first mate when Capn. Maltb⟨ie⟩ died & Hinman was appointed in his place? Is he still first mate? Was Hinman in any other commission before?

If it be ascertained that his representation is just & the President shall direct that he be appointed Capn., a first mate should also be appointed in his place. I would, however, suggest the propriety of doing the whole business at once in that State, & of issuing his commission at the same time with those to […]

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