Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from James Lyon, 13 May 1803

From James Lyon

May 13. 1803.

J. Lyon presents his respects to the president and takes the liberty of enclosing a letter and an address “to the public”; to shew what is doing (and what is necessary to be done) towards the accomplishment of an object which it is conceived must be in some measure interesting to every citizen.

RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 13 May and so recorded in SJL. Enclosures: (1) Lyon to the Public, dated Washington, D.C., 1 May 1803, encouraging proposals for a contract for carrying the mail in stage coaches from Richmond, Virginia, to Lexington, Kentucky, beginning on 1 Apr. 1804, and seeking “public spirited individuals” to subscribe and provide premiums to underwrite the contract (printed copy in same; unsigned). (2) Address to the Public, providing estimates for first-year expenses to establish a line of stage coaches, including the “capital necessary to be expended” and the “support for the line one year” for the sum of $21,610; also announcing a premium, to be paid by subscribers, to the person who shall establish the stage line within 15 months of the notice (broadside in same; undated).

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