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In 1804, it was much the same” (1993, 203). Jefferson and Gallatin’s administrative management of the national debt set forth the Republican agenda in Washington and laid an important foundation for how future presidents would address the nation’s economy. S. Army and Navy laid the foundation for Jefferson, and his party, to dominate national politics in the early nineteenth century. THE LOUISIANA PURCHASE33 The Political, Economic, and National Security Context Although decreasing the national debt occupied the administration’s attention from 1801–1802, Jefferson soon realized that the opportunity to acquire the The Presidency 31 seaport of New Orleans was vitally important to the political, economic, and national security interests of the nation.

42 In a letter to Dickenson, Jefferson expressed his overwhelming concern for amending the Constitution: “The general government has no powers but such as the constitution has given it; and it has not given it a power of holding foreign territory, & still less of incorporating it into the Union. ”44 Both advisors maintained that Jefferson was obligated to accept Napoleon’s offer immediately. ” As Madison and Gallatin pointed out, a constitutional amendment was not practical due to the limited time constraints on the administration to finalize Napoleon’s offer.

He then moulded [sic] up his appropriations of a number of scraps & remnants, many of which were nothing at all, and applied them to different objects in reversion and remainder, until the whole system was involved in impenetrable fog; and while he was giving himself the airs of providing for the payment of the debt, he left himself free to add to it continually, as he did in fact, instead of paying it. I like your idea of kneading all his scraps & fragments into one batch, and adding to it a complementary sum, which, while it forms it into a single mass from which everything is to be paid, will enable us, should a breach of appropriation ever be charged on us, to prove that the sum appropriated, & more, has been applied to its specific object.

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