Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to John Benson, 2 April 1812

To John Benson

Monticello. Apr. 2. 12


The indiscretion of individuals in sending me packages of books & pamphlets by the mail, which ought not to be burthened with them, and which yet I cannot controul because not made known to me beforehand, has made it necessary for me to request of mr Granger to turn over such packages always to the Fredericksburg stage. the only difficulty in that case is the paiment of the portage from Washington to Fredsbg where the concern changes. for this purpose I ask the aid of your kindness so far as to forward on the packages to Milton with instructions to the Driver to deliver them there to mr Higginbotham mercht of that place, and to recieve from him the whole portage from Washington1 to Fredsbg as well as that from Fredsbg to Milton. I make this request on the presumption that you have the contract of the mail from Washington to Fredsbg as formerly; if not I must vary my request to that of making this arrangement for me with the contractor whoever he may be. I salute you with esteem & respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); at foot of text: “Mr Benson”; mistakenly endorsed by TJ as a letter to Egbert Benson and so recorded in SJL.

Benson’s reply of 8 Apr. 1812, not found, is recorded as received from Fredericksburg on 10 Apr. in SJL, which correctly attributes it to John Benson. SJL also records missing letters from TJ to David higginbotham of 7 Apr. 1812 and Higginbotham’s response of 9 Apr. 1812, received from Milton the following day.

1Word reworked from “Ale.”

Index Entries

  • Benson, Egbert; TJ misdirects letter to search
  • Benson, John; Fredericksburg postmaster search
  • Benson, John; letters from accounted for search
  • Benson, John; letters to search
  • Granger, Gideon; as postmaster general search
  • Higginbotham, David; letters from accounted for search
  • Higginbotham, David; letters to accounted for search
  • Higginbotham, David; merchant search