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    Albert Gallatin - Treasury Letter
    Dated May 15, 1809 to David Gelston, this 8" x 10" document reads:
    "I am advised by Thomas Cooke, Jr., Collector of Edgartown that certain merchandise imported into the district, the duties on which have been already paid, have been transported to your district for the purpose of exportation, and that he has not money sufficient in his hands to pay the debentures that will be issued on the exportation. I have therefore to request that you will pay his drafts for a sum not exceeding Seven thousand one hundred dollars, to enable him to pay the aforesaid debentures; charging the payment in your accounts as made for this purpose and referring to this letter as authority for so doing."
    Gallatin enjoyed a long career of public service, including stints as both a United States Senator and member of the House of Representatives. At the time this letter was written he was serving as Secretary of the Treasury. He was also at various times the United States Ambassador to Great Britain and earlier to France. Counties in Illinois, Kentucky and Montana are named in his honor. His grave is at historic Trinity Church in New York City. Extremely Fine.


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