Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to William Blount, 24 December 1791

To William Blount

Philadelphia Dec. 24. 1791.


I have the honor to acknolege the receipt of your favor of Sep. 19. with the schedule it contained, and now to inclose you a printed copy of the Census of the whole of the United states, and one of my report on the lands belonging to them.

Congress have at present under their consideration the Post office bill, and we are endeavoring to get a post established from Richmond to Staunton and from thence along the road towards your government as far as the profits of the post office will justify it, and I hope it will be done. This communication with you, as well as with Kentuckey, has been much wanted for every purpose of government.—I have the honour to be with great respect Sir Your most obedient & most humble servt,

Th: Jefferson

PrC (DLC); at foot of text: “Governor Blount.” FC (DNA: RG 360, DL). Enclosures: (1) Return of the Whole Number of Persons within the Several Districts of the United States (Philadelphia, 1791). (2) TJ’s Report on Public Lands, 8 Nov. 1791.

A bill to establish a post office and post roads had been presented on 29 Nov. 1791 and the House had debated its merits throughout most of December. After the House approved a bill on 10 Jan. 1792, the Senate adopted a revised version on 30 Jan. A compromise measure was finally approved on 3 Feb. and the President signed the measure on 20 Feb. 1792 (JHR description begins Journal of the House of Representatives of the United States, Washington, Gales & Seaton, 1826, 9 vols. description ends , i, 465, 469, 470, 475, 478, 479, 480, 481, 482, 483, 486, 487–8, 490, 499, 501, 502, 505, 507, 511; U.S. Statutes at Large description begins Richard Peters, ed., The Public Statutes at Large of the United States1789 to March 3, 1845, Boston, 1855–1856, 8 vols. description ends , I, 211–9; and Wesley E. Rich, The History of the United States Post Office to the Year 1829 [Cambridge, Mass., 1924], p. 71).

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