To Gideon Granger
Dec. 5. 1801
Th: Jefferson presents his compliments to mr Granger and incloses him a letter from mr Lyon a printer of this city, a young man of bold republicanism in the worst of times, of good character, son of the persecuted Matthew Lyon. tho’ of real genius, he has not succeeded in his newspapers, owing to his making them vehicles of other kinds of information, rather than of news, which is not within the general object in taking newspapers. in handing his character to mr Granger, Th:J. means to act only as a witness to enable him to judge among the candidates for his favor, which Th:J. wishes not to influence. he has written a line to mr Lyon asking him to name to him the tory printer who shares the public patronage. he is inclined to believe that an error. health & respect.
PrC (DLC): endorsed by TJ in ink on verso. Enclosure: Lyon to TJ, 2 Dec. 1801 (recorded in SJL as received 4 Dec. but not found).