Thomas Jefferson Papers

Ralph Granger to Thomas Jefferson, 5 September 1811

From Ralph Granger

Washington City Sep: 5: 1811.

Respected Sir,

My Father being absent on a journey to N England, the pleasing office of answering your’s of the 1’st devolves on me—

It is reported, on what grounds I know not, that Mr James Lyon dares not be seen at his usual place of residence, but a letter directed to him at Carthage, Smith County, Tennessee, where his family resides, by their conveyance would doubtless find him—

With the greatest Respect and Esteem, Sir, I have the honour to be Your’s &C.

Ralph Granger

RC (DLC); between dateline and salutation: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr”; endorsed by TJ as received 8 Sept. 1811 and so recorded in SJL.

Ralph Granger (1790–1843), the eldest son of Postmaster General Gideon Granger, graduated from Yale University in 1810. He became an attorney and settled in Ohio, where he sat in the state senate, 1835–36, served as president of Willoughby University of Lake Erie during his last years, and became the first mayor of Fairport (Arthur S. Hamlin, Gideon Granger [1982], vi; Catalogue of the Officers and Graduates of Yale University … 1701–1910 [1910], 86; William W. Williams, History of Ashtabula County, Ohio [1878], 30; Granger, Introductory Lecture, delivered at the Willoughby Medical College of the Willoughby University of Lake Erie [1837]; Circular and Catalogue of the Officers, Professors and Students of Willoughby University [1842], 7; William Ganson Rose, Cleveland: The Making of a City [1950], 1075; Cleveland Herald, 9 Dec. 1843).

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