Thomas Jefferson Papers

Joseph Wheaton to Thomas Jefferson, 4 May 1814

From Joseph Wheaton

Richmond May 4th 1814

Excellent Sir

I had once the honor of rendering to the United States Some Service in the Creek nation of Indians—(Missippie Territory) in the establishing the mail rout to New Orleans—and in Some measure under your directions—. The only motive I had then, was to evince to you my zeal for the public interest, I Should have fully obtained that object—of intigrity and a proper treatment of the Indian charector with my industry—had not the vile Mr Granger induced you to believe What was false was true, and what was true was false—His official weight of charecter prevailed—and I have been persecuted to the ruin of my property by that base man—of which you have lately had Strong presumtive evidence.

The high Sense which I have ever entertained of you induces me to call to your recollection the past—the enclosed papers will Shew you Some evidence that I am, under the Excellent Mr Madison pursuing the public interest with Some zeal and attention—with the homage of my heart I remain Sir

Your most obed. Servant
Joseph Wheaton
A, D. Q, M, Genl only

RC (MoSHi: TJC-BC); at foot of text: “Thos Jefferson Esqr”; endorsed by TJ as received 6 May 1814 but recorded in SJL as received the following day. Enclosures not found.

Wheaton sent TJ evidence regarding his dispute with Gideon Granger in his letter to TJ of 20 July 1809.

Index Entries

  • Creek Indians; and U.S. post road search
  • Granger, Gideon; and patronage abuses search
  • Granger, Gideon; as postmaster general search
  • Indians; Creek search
  • Madison, James; mentioned search
  • Mississippi Territory; post road in search
  • New Orleans; mail service to search
  • Post Office, U.S.; and post roads search
  • Wheaton, Joseph; dispute with postmaster general search
  • Wheaton, Joseph; establishes mail route to New Orleans search
  • Wheaton, Joseph; letters from search