Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Timothy Pickering, 1 April 1793

To Timothy Pickering

Philadelphia Apr. 1. 1793


Having from time to time through the winter and down to the present day received repeated information that the post rider between Richmond and Charlottesville, and consequently along the rest of that line, has been and continues extremely unpunctual, sometimes not going even as far as Charlottesville (only 75 miles of the route) for three weeks, and often missing a fortnight, I have thought it a duty to mention it to you, as I am sure you will always be glad to be informed of what is going amiss in any part of1 your2 establishment. This happens to lie under my particular notice because through that my neighbors3 my family and myself exchange weekly notices of our health &c. Whether the correction depends on Mr. Davies at Richmond or Mr. Millar at Charlottesville I know not. I believe both are punctual men, I know the latter is: and therefore should hope a recommendation from you to them would procure a reformation of the evil. I am with great esteem Sir Your most obedt. humble servt

Th: Jefferson

P.S. Observe that the road between Richmd. and Charlottesville is at all times practicable on horse-back: rarely otherwise for a carriage.

PrC (DLC); at foot of text: “Colo. Pickering.” Tr (ViU: Edgehill-Randolph Papers); 19th-century copy.

1Preceding three words interlined.

2TJ here canceled “departme.”

3Preceding two words interlined.

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