Washington Augt: 16th. 1808
I have completed the Summer Contracts with more than common success, and fixed the mails for great increase of motion on the main route after 1st. of Octr:—
The line from here to fort Stoddart is very regular & as far as Athen’s the mail is rapidly carried—from Fort Stoddart to New Orleans it continues to be irregular.
There is certainly a robber between here & N. Carolina & another between Nashville and Franfort K. The General Post Office has adopted the most proper means to detect the Offenders.
Having placed the business of my office in a Situation as elligible as possible I am going to visit my family & expect to return by the middle of Octr.
Yours most respetfully.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.