James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Albert Gallatin, 16 July 1810

From Albert Gallatin

Washington July 16th 1810

Dear Sir

It appears that a depreciation of the paper currency of Norway has taken place which requires, for the purpose of calculating the duties, the interference of the President. I enclose for that purpose an Act for your signature; which, if you approve, please to return under cover to Mr Duvall,1 as I expect to leave this for New York to morrow. I also enclose for your approbation a recommendation of keeper of light house.

Nothing new, the West Florida business excepted which may require some decision before the meeting of Congress. I have received the papers for Mr Gelston;2 but as he is not a merchant, I apprehend that he will refuse going unless his expences are paid. With sincere attachement Your’s respectfully

Albert Gallatin

RC (DLC). Docketed by JM. Enclosures not found, but see n. 1.

2Gallatin referred to Maltby Gelston, son of New York collector David Gelston. As Gallatin predicted, Gelston declined the position of commercial agent to Buenos Aires (Brant, Madison description begins Irving Brant, James Madison (6 vols.; Indianapolis and New York, 1941-61). description ends , 5:172; Gallatin to JM, 15 Aug. 1810).

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