Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Gideon Granger, 24 April 1806

Apr. 24. 06.

Th:J. to mr Granger.

As far as can be judged from the maps, the road from Fort Stoddert ought to bear down South Westwardly, to get into the Spanish road leading from Mobille to Baton Rouge, before it crosses Pascagoule river. then follow that road (which is nearly due West) till it crosses Pearl river. then quit it & go nearly due South to the neck between Lakes Borgne & Pontchartrain opposite to Chef Menteur. there the ferry is narrow, lands at Chef Menteur from which there is a good road to N. Orleans. still this plausible view may be impracticable from wet grounds or other local circumstances which will become known to the person you employ, whose examination on the spot must controul our ideas where they are impracticable. Friendly salutations.

P.S. I think you have a map of the parts about Chef Menteur sent you by Govr. Claiborne. if you have I should be glad to see it.

DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.

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