Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Gideon Granger, 24 August 1802

From Gideon Granger

General Post Office August 24th 1802

Dear Sir

I have just received a Letter from Judge Robertson of Bennington In which he assures me that from the best observation he could make, republican principles acquire additional Strength in that State, and the elections are expected to be favorable. At the same time he re marks that the federalists are making the most Violent Exertions and that the dispute between Burr & Clinton has done us a Sensible Injury. The Postmaster at Wilmington who is a well informd. Man, thinks the election of Mr. Rodney certain if the Republicans unite in one Ticket—how that may be appears in some degree uncertain—I leave this next day after tomorrow and take this opportunity of once more expressing my Esteem & Attachmt

Gidn: Granger.

RC (DLC); at foot of text: “The President”; endorsed by TJ as received 26 Aug. and so recorded in SJL.

JUDGE ROBERTSON: perhaps Jonathan Robinson, a Republican who served as chief judge of the Vermont supreme court from 1801 to 1807, when he was elected to the U.S. Senate. He was the younger brother of Moses Robinson, whom TJ visited at Bennington during his “Northern Journey” in 1791 (Biog. Dir. Cong. description begins Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774–1989, Washington, D.C., 1989 description ends ; Bennington Vermont Gazette, 10 May 1802; Vol. 33:125, 131n, 423–4; Vol. 34:602; Vol. 35:684–6).

Granger appointed Joseph Bringhurst POSTMASTER AT WILMINGTON, Delaware, in early 1802 (Stets, Postmasters description begins Robert J. Stets, Postmasters & Postoffices of the United States 1782–1811, Lake Oswego, Ore., 1994 description ends , 106).

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