From Albert Gallatin
[post 7 March 1804]
… yet there is reason to believe that the authorised district, even as described in the 11th section, Was not understood necessarily to comprehend places not within the acknowledged limits of the U. States, in as much as the words “Bay of Mobile” used in that Section & favoring most that construction have been considered as a ⟨generic?⟩ term applicable to the Mobille waters as high up as the head of the tide and therefore to waters within those acknowledged limits. It might be added that &c.