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Theodorus Bailey to Thomas Jefferson, 18 March 1811

From Theodorus Bailey

New York, 18th March 1811.

Dear Sir,

By the Mail of saturday, I was honored with your communication, covering a letter to Mr Warden, who goes out as our Consul to Paris. That Gentleman left this City about the 11th inst, for New Port, R. I. with a view to take passage in the Vessel which is to carry Mr Irvin on his Mission=By Yesterday’s Mail I inclosed the letter in question to the Post Master at New-Port, and requested him to have it delivered if Mr W. shall not have sailed—and if he has sailed to return it under cover to me—The Post Master’s Answer may be expected on Friday or saturday in the current Week—and when received will be communicated to you without delay.—

With sentiments of the highest respect and Esteem, I am sincerely your humble & Obedient servant,

Theodorus Bailey

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 24 Mar. 1811 and so recorded in SJL.

Theodorus Bailey (1758–1828) studied law and was admitted to the New York bar in 1778. He served in the state militia during the Revolutionary War and again from 1786 to 1805, attaining the rank of brigadier general. Bailey represented Dutchess County in the United States House of Representatives as a Republican, 1793–97, 1799–1801, and (filling a vacancy) 1801–03. He served in the United States Senate from 1803 to 1804 before resigning to become postmaster of New York City. Bailey operated the post office from his home on Garden Street until his death (Genealogy of the Hoffman Family: Descendants of Martin Hoffman [1899], 26, 207; Biog. Dir. Cong. description begins Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774–1989, 1989 description ends ; Levi McKeen to TJ, 19 Sept. 1801, and William Keteltas to TJ, 28 Oct. 1801 [DNA: RG 59, LAR, 1801–09]; Bailey to TJ, 9 June 1804 [DLC]; Leander P. Richardson, “The New York Post-Office,” Appleton’s Journal, new ser., 5 [1878]: 194; New-York Evening Post, 6 Sept. 1828; Washington Daily National Intelligencer, 10 Sept. 1828).

For TJ’s communication to Bailey of 11 Mar. 1811, see note to TJ’s letter of that date to David Bailie Warden.

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