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I wish for an ct peu pr of the number of seamen we call ours. I suppose the best way of estimating will be by our tonnage, including coasters, bay and river craft, and everything employed on the tide-waters. Can you assist me with the materials for such an estimate? It is of some importance for my bill for a naval militia ; that and the one for the land militia I will send you for consideration as soon as you can assist me as above.
- President Jefferson
- The writings of Albert Gallatin, Vol I, Henry Adams