Thomas Jefferson Papers

Abraham Bradley to Thomas Jefferson, 31 August 1809

From Abraham Bradley

General Post Office August 31. 1809


A vacancy having occurred in the post office at Milton Va and it being the office through which your correspondence chiefly passes, I have taken the liberty of inclosing a blank appointment, and to request your favour in addressing it to such person as may be agreeable to you. The Postmaster general is now on a tour to the eastward.

I have the honor to be very respectfully your obedient servant

Abraham Bradley junr

RC (DLC); at foot of text: “Honble Thomas Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ as received 4 Sept. 1809 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure not found.

Abraham Bradley (1767–1838), a native of Litchfield, Connecticut, studied law there at Tapping Reeve’s law school, and then became a protégé of Postmaster General Timothy Pickering, who made Bradley a clerk in his department in 1791. As first assistant postmaster general from 1799, Bradley oversaw the general post office’s relocation the following year to Washington, D.C. He created an important map of the United States in 1796, with a second edition in 1804 that incorporated the Louisiana Purchase. Bradley was dismissed from his position in 1829 as part of the Jackson administration’s assertion of control over postal patronage (ANB description begins John A. Garraty and Mark C. Carnes, eds., American National Biography, 1999, 24 vols. description ends ; Charles S. Bradley, “The Bradley Family and the Times in which They Lived,” RCHS description begins Records of the Columbia Historical Society, 1895– description ends 6 [1903]: 130–6).

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