Charlottesville 1st. March 1806
Mr. Triplett T. Estes complains that the compensation allowed him for carrying the Mail from hence to Staunton is inadequate to the expences necessary in performing the same and has requested that I would state his situation to you (as I have once done to the Postmaster Genl.) hopeing thereby to obtain an additional compensation.
I am quite a Stranger to the expences absolutely necessary which Mr. Estes States as follows
|For ware & tare of the Carriage where no Accident happens||$ 125||an.|
|Keeping eight horses at $100 each||800|
|For a Driver 15$ month||180|
He is however willing to carry the Mail as heretofore for eight hundred Dollars an. and no less. His situation is this Mr. Isaac Hays (since deceased) had contracted to carry this Mail for $400 annum but finding it not a profitable business pass’d it to his brother James Hays who pass’d it in like manner to Mr. T. T. Estes. Mr. Estes informs me that he undertook it under an impression that the Post office department would not suffer him to loose but would pay him a reasonable compensation for his Services.
An application has been lately made to the Department & his pay raised to $550 for which he declares he cannot continue but must give up the business to the person of whom he received it
Mr. Estes appears to spare no expence or pains to render himself compleatly Situated to perform his duty faithfully which he has heretofore done as far as has come within our knowledge at this office and I should be sorry for him to loose it and think it would be to the interest of the post Office department to continue him.
I am Sir with great respect Your Ob. Servt.
Hardin Davis asst. Postmaster
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.