George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Thomas Jefferson, 14 March 1792

To Thomas Jefferson

[Philadelphia] Wednesday [14 March 1792] ½ past 6 Oclock1

The P—— put Mr J——n’s suggestions, respecting the Post Office, into the hands of the Postmaster Genl yesterday & requested him to be here at half past Seven (Genl Knox being soon after) this Morning. If Mr J—— is at leisure the P—— would be glad to see him here at the sametime, on that business.2

AL, DLC: Jefferson Papers.

1The entry under this date in Jefferson’s Summary Journal of Public Letters (DLC: Jefferson Papers) reads: “G.W. to Th: J. on the proposal to increase rapidity of Post office.”

2For the secretary of state’s suggestions for expediting the postal service, see Thomas Jefferson’s Memorandum of Conversations with Washington, 1 Mar. 1792, n.1. Postmaster General Timothy Pickering on 22 Mar. apparently prepared a cost estimate of postal routes as a result of the meeting of this date (see GW to Jefferson, 25 Mar., n.5; see also Jefferson to Pickering, 28 Mar., Jefferson Papers, description begins Julian P. Boyd et al., eds. The Papers of Thomas Jefferson. 41 vols. to date. Princeton, N.J., 1950–. description ends 23:347–48).

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