Thomas Jefferson Papers

Gideon Granger to Thomas Jefferson, 4 October 1810

From Gideon Granger

General Post Office Octr 4. 1810

Dear Sir,

I have been duly favoured with yours of the 20th Ulto. For several years I have been endeavouring to accommodate Lynchburg with two mails a week in some manner not incompatible to the first Sec. of the Post Office Act which compels me to regulate my expenditure by the product of the route. Under the law passed at the last Session I find on examination that I shall be enabled after the 1st April next to furnish the accommodation in the manner represented in the schedule below. It shall be done immediately so as to enable them to enjoy the benefit of the improvement while disposing of their present crops if the mail stage contractor will consent to an alteration.

I am Sir with great Esteem & Respect Your Sincere friend

G Granger

} From Richmond by Powhatan ch, Cumberland ch, Floods, Lynchburg,
Leave Richmond every Sat. at 4 AM &
Stage Arrive at Lynchburg on Monday by 4 PM
Leave Lynchburg every Tuesday at 8 AM &
Arrive at Richmond on Thursday by 7 PM
} From Richmond by Powhatan ch Cartersville New Canton Buckingham ch & Bent Creek to Lynchburg once a week.
Leave Richmond every Tuesday at 3 PM. &
Horse Arrive at Lynchburg on Friday by 3 PM.
Leave Lynchburg every Saturday at 8 AM &
Arrive at Richmond on Tuesday by 9 AM.

RC (DLC); in a clerk’s hand, signed by Granger; below signature: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr Monticello Va” and “see over for schedule”; endorsed by TJ as received 10 Oct. 1810 and so recorded in SJL. FC (Lb in DNA: RG 28, LPG); lacks complimentary close.

The 30 Apr. 1810 post office act continued earlier requirements that the postmaster general take “productiveness” into account in contracting for the carriage of mail on post roads. He could “provide, by contract, for the carriage of the mail on any road on which a stage wagon or other stage carriage shall be established, on condition that the expense thereof shall not exceed the revenue thence arising.” The Act to Establish Post Roads, passed 28 Apr. 1810, fully specified the first route described by Granger, but began the one that passed through cartersville at Powhatan Court House instead of Richmond (U.S. Statutes at Large description begins Richard Peters, ed., The Public Statutes at Large of the United States . . . 1789 to March 3, 1845, 1855–56, 8 vols. description ends , 1:357, 733, 741, 2:586, 593, 594).

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  • Bent Creek (Buckingham Co.); mail service to search
  • Buckingham County, Va.; post road through search
  • Buckingham Court House, Va. search
  • Cartersville, Va.; mail service to search
  • Cumberland Court House, Va. search
  • Flood’s ordinary (Buckingham Co.; proprietor Henry Flood) search
  • Granger, Gideon; as postmaster general search
  • Granger, Gideon; letters from search
  • Lynchburg, Va.; mail service to search
  • New Canton, Va.; postal service to search
  • Post Office, U.S.; 1799Act search
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  • Post Office, U.S.; and Va. post offices search
  • Powhatan Court House, Va. search
  • Richmond, Va.; mail service to search
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