§ From John Stewart
4 February 1805, Washington. “I wrote a Letter Derected to you Some time in June or July last1 on the Subject of the Conduct of the postmaster Genl in Changing the rout of the westren Mail &cc.
“As I have never received an a[n]swer from you I Should now take it as a perticular favor of you to inform me wether you have received aney Letter from me on that Subject it is the first and only letter that I have Ever written to you I have two reasons for making this Request as the Subject of that letter is now before a Comitee.2 If you have not received the Letter I will have Some reason to belive that it was Supressed through the means of the postoffice Establishment. If you have received it and had not Considered worth an answer I hope you will now Do me the favor of transmiting it to me or a Copy thereof as I have not presarved a Copy & as I had wrote a Simelare Letter to the postmaster it will now Serve me to refresh my Memory as it is likly that I Shall be Called before the Comitee on the Subject a Complyance will much ablidge.”
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1. See Stewart to JM, 23 July 1804, PJM-SS description begins Robert J. Brugger et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison: Secretary of State Series (9 vols. to date; Charlottesville, Va., 1986–). description ends , 7:507–9.
2. During a House debate on the settlement of the Georgia Yazoo land claims on 29 and 31 Jan. 1805, John Randolph severely censured Gideon Granger, without actually naming him, for his conduct as agent for the New England Mississippi Land Company and as a member of the Connecticut Land Company that had purchased Connecticut’s Western Reserve lands in 1795. On 1 Feb. 1805 Nathaniel Macon presented to the House a letter from Granger stating that he had “received information, from various sources, that both … [his] public and private character and conduct” had “been arraigned on the floor of the House … by a member of that House” and requesting “an investigation … [during] the present session.” The House resolved that Granger’s letter “be referred to a select committee to inquire into the subject.” Granger wrote another letter to the House in his own defense on 7 Feb. 1805. The committee returned a preliminary report on 17 Apr. 1806 (James R. Beasley, “Emerging Republicanism and the Standing Order: The Appropriation Act Controversy in Connecticut, 1793 to 1795,” WMQ description begins William and Mary Quarterly. description ends , 3rd ser., 29 : 593; Annals of Congress description begins Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of the United States … (42 vols.; Washington, D.C., 1834–56). description ends , 8th Cong., 2d sess., 1021–22, 1031, 1060, 1064, 1105–6, 1108–18; ibid., 9th Cong., 1st sess., 1063, 1065–66; Report of the Committee Appointed … to Inquire into the Conduct of Gideon Granger, Post-Master General of the United States [Washington, 1806; Shaw and Shoemaker description begins R. R. Shaw and R. H. Shoemaker, comps., American Bibliography: A Preliminary Checklist for 1801–1819 (22 vols.; New York, 1958–66). description ends 11699]).