Thomas Jefferson Papers

Gideon Granger to Thomas Jefferson, 8 January 1812

From Gideon Granger

General Post Office January 8. 1812

Dear Sir

I have just received yours of the 30th. Ult: and given instructions to the Postmaster of the City if any Such bundles arrive for the future, to detain them and notify me, and you may be assured I shall keep them Carefully as well as apprise you of their being in my possession.

With great esteem and Respect

Gidn Granger

RC (DLC); in a clerk’s hand, signed by Granger; at foot of text: “Thomas Jefferson Esq Monticello Va”; endorsed by TJ as received 12 Jan. 1812 and so recorded in SJL. FC (DNA: RG 28, LPG); lacking complimentary close.

In his instructions of this date to Washington postmaster Thomas Munroe, Granger stated that “very large packages are sometimes sent by the mail to Thomas Jefferson Esqr to the embarrassment of the mail and contrary to the spirit of the Law; which grants him a frank In case of any future occurrence of this kind I pray you to stop them at your office, and notify me that I may take them into my own custody: for which I have Mr Jefferson’s as[sent]” (DNA: RG 28, LPG).

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