Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Gideon Granger, 15 August 1802

To Gideon Granger

Monticello Aug. 15. 1802

Dear Sir

Your favor of the 8th. was recieved on the 12th. the letter of mr Fenton therein inclosed, relating only to the uncreated office of Surveyor Genl. I retain if you will permit me, because it suggests some necessary insertions when such an office shall be created. mr Nichols, as well as Messrs. Bull & Dodd has declined serving as Commr. under the bankrupt act. [this leaves] but two at Hartford. still it is better to await your recommendations from the spot; because if a bankruptcy arises in the mean while a Commr. from the nearest of the other towns which have any, can be called in, or a new recommendation can come on in time. with respect to your visit to Connecticut, you are the best judge whether the public service could suffer by it, and my entire confidence in your discretion & public spirit render me perfectly easy in leaving it to yourself. if no ill can arise to your office, a prudent attention to your health, not yet acclimated to Washington, would certainly dictate it as a measure of pre[science?] & self preservation. I always expected the New York schism would produce a boisterous struggle. I am sorry to see the freedoms taken to implicate in it some characters. the manner in which Dr. Eustis and mr Bishop have been spoken of is neither just nor judicious. the difficulty will be for the republicans to avoid permitting personal [. . .] them from principle, and to play into the hands of the tories. this can hardly be hoped. I shall be glad to learn from you the state of [their politics?] and in the New-England states on your return. Accept assurances of my affectionate esteem & respect.

Th: Jefferson

PrC (DLC); faint; in ink at foot of text: “Gideon Granger.”

LEAVING BUT TWO AT HARTFORD: Hezekiah Huntington and Joseph Hart (Vol. 37: Appendix ii, List 2).

In a pamphlet published in July 1802, James Cheetham charged that Dr. William EUSTIS was following the opinion of his friend, the vice president, when he spoke and voted against the repeal of the Judiciary Act of 1801. Cheetham accused the Massachusetts congressman of attempting to divide the Republican vote. During the presidential campaign, Cheetham noted that Burr had spurred Abraham BISHOP to travel to Lancaster to influence the Pennsylvania legislature to cast all of the state’s electoral votes for TJ and Burr. According to the plan, New Jersey Federalist electors would give their votes to Burr once they had no hope for the success of their own candidates and make him president of the United States ([James Cheetham], A View of the Political Conduct of Aaron Burr, Esq. Vice-President of the United States [New York, 1802], 43–4, 103–5; JHR description begins Journal of the House of Representatives of the United States, Washington, D.C., 1826, 9 vols. description ends , 4:119–20). For the pamphlet and newspaper charges implicating Bishop with Burr intrigues and his response, see Kline, Burr description begins Mary-Jo Kline, ed., Political Correspondence and Public Papers of Aaron Burr, Princeton, 1983, 2 vols. description ends , 2:728–9.

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