From Gideon Granger
July 20 09
I inclose you the copy of a contract made with Mr. Bloomfield for clearing and improving the Post Road from Chatahouchee to Alabama, which I trust on examination will meet your approbation. I also inclose the Blank form of an order on the Secretary of the Treasury in my favor for the sum of 1500$ which it is necessary to advance to enable Mr. Bloomfield to proceed with his operations; which I pray you to date, sign and return to this office. It is drawn conformable to those which were given by Mr. Jefferson and approved at the Treasury.1 Having brought my Public duties to that condition that my absence for a few weeks will not be injurious, I am about to absent myself for a time for the purpose of removing my family to the seat of Government.
Letterbook copy (DNA: RG 28, Letters Sent by the Postmaster General). Enclosures not found.
1. This appears to have been the first post road contract that was presented to JM for his signature as required by law (U.S. Statutes at Large description begins The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America … (17 vols.; Boston, 1848–73). description ends , 1:70). Subsequent routine contracts will not be printed in this edition.