Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Abraham Bradley, Jr., 29 August 1803

From Abraham Bradley, Jr.

Washington August 29. 1803


Your favour of the 26th instant is received & agreeable thereto I have forwarded a map of the United States. The great alterations which have taken place in the U.S. since my map was first published have rendered it of little use & I have for sometime suspended the sale. I intended to have published a new map this summer, but fear it cannot be accomplished as all the good engravers are engaged at book-work.

I have the pleasure to inclose our new List of Post Offices, Previous to the organization of the present government there but 90 post offices & there are now nearly 1300!

I am with great respect your obedient

Abraham Bradley Jun

RC (DLC); at foot of text: “His Excellency Thomas Jefferson President of the United States”; endorsed by TJ as received 31 Aug. and so recorded in SJL. Enclosures not found, but see below.

forwarded a map: probably his Map of the United States, published in 1796; see TJ to Bradley, 26 Aug.

On 25 Jan. 1803, Gideon Granger submitted to Congress a statement of the number of post offices, the length of post roads, and the transportation of the mails. According to these calculations, there were 195 post offices as of 3 Mch. 1793 and an estimated 1,283 as of 24 Jan. 1803 (Report of the Post Master General [Washington, D.C., 1803; Shaw-Shoemaker description begins Ralph R. Shaw and Richard H. Shoemaker, comps., American Bibliography: A Preliminary Checklist for 1801-1819, New York, 1958-63, 22 vols. description ends , No. 5475]; ASP description begins American State Papers: Documents, Legislative and Executive, of the Congress of the United States, Washington, D.C., 1832-61, 38 vols. description ends , Post Office Department, 1:28).

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