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Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, 16 March 1814

To James Madison

Monticello Mar. 16. 14.

Dear Sir

I inclose you two letters from mr Burrall, postmaster of Baltimore. you will percieve by them that the removal of mr Granger has spread some dismay in the ranks. I lodged in the same house with him (Francis’s) during the sessions of Congress of 97. 98. 99. we breakfasted, dined Etc at the same table. he classed himself with the federalists, but I did not know why, for he scarcely ever uttered a word on the subject, altho’ it was in the reign of addresses, of Mcpherson’s blues & of terror. he would sometimes make a single observation in support of the administration. he is an honest and a good man, and, as far as I have observed him, has been correct, faithful and obliging in the conduct of his office. altho’ I am sure it is unnecessary, yet I could not when requested refuse this testimony to the truth. ever & affectionately yours

Th: Jefferson

RC (DLC: Madison Papers); addressed: “The President of the United States Washington”; franked; postmarked Milton, 17 Mar.; with penciled notation in Madison’s hand: “For perusal, & to be returned.” PoC (DLC); endorsed by TJ. Enclosures: Charles Burrall to TJ, 6, [7] Mar. 1814.

mcpherson’s blues was a volunteer militia unit composed entirely of Federalists, raised in Philadelphia by William McPherson (James Russell Young, ed., Memorial History of the City of Philadelphia [1898], 2:155).

Index Entries

  • Burrall, Charles; Federalist sympathies of search
  • Burrall, Charles; lives with TJ in Philadelphia search
  • Burrall, Charles; TJ recommends to J. Madison search
  • Granger, Gideon; removed from office search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; letters of application and recommendation from search
  • Madison, James; and Baltimore postmastership search
  • Madison, James; letters of recommendation to search
  • Madison, James; letters to search
  • McPherson’s Blues (Philadelphia military unit) search
  • patronage; letters of application and recommendation from TJ search