Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Gideon Granger, 18 July 1806

July 18. 06.

Th: Jefferson to mr. Granger

By a law of the last session 6000. D. were appropriated for a road from the Ohio to the Missisipi, & 6000. D. for another from Nashville to Natchez. these are directed as post roads, and the execution of them falls, I think, more properly into your department than any other. the first of these is proposed to lead from Cincinnati by Vincennes to Cahokia & St. Louis; because the post from hence by Winchester & Clarkesburg to Marietta may then be continued by Chillicothe to Cincinnati, and give us a direct & rapid post to St. Louis which is so much wanted.   What were the particular views of the members who brought forward the other road from Nashville to Natchez, I am quite uninformed, having had no communication with them on the subject. whether merely to re-open the military road? or to alter it? or to make a new one? as I shall leave this place on Monday, it may be well for us to have some conversation on these subjects. friendly salutations & assurances of esteem & respect.

DLC: Granger Papers.

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