• Thomas Jefferson's Post Master General Responds To Request To Establish A Post Office In Stockbridge, VT

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    Offering a letter signed by Gideon Granger, who was appointed postmaster general by President Thomas Jefferson. Single page, 8 x 10, 9 July 1811 in which he responds to U.S. Senator Stephen R. Bradley’s request to establish a post office at Stockbridge, Windsor County, VT.


    “I have received a petition from Jacob Smith and Zebulon Lyon dated Royalton VT, 10th Instant setting forth the Necessity of Establishing a Post Office at Stockbridge in Windsor County, VT, and recommending Mr. Elkanah Stephens for Post Master. Enclosed you have a...Blank, for the appointment of a Post Master at said place, which you will be pleased to make of such person as will, in your opinion, discharge the Duties with care, industry and fidelity.


    “With Sentiments of high Respect and Esteem,


    “G Granger”


    GRANGER (July 19, 1767 – December 31, 1822) attended and graduated from Yale University and became a lawyer. A staunch supporter of Thomas Jefferson, Granger was appointed postmaster general at the start of his term in 1801 and served in the post until 1814 when Jefferson’s successor, James Madison, replaced him.


    STEPHEN ROW BRADLEY (February 20, 2754 – December 9, 1830) served as a United States Senator from Vermont and as the President pro tempore of the United States during the early 1800s. Bradley was commissioned as captain in the Connecticut Militia and rose to the rank of major. He commanded the Cheshire Volunteers and in December 1776, he served as adjutant. He was promoted to venue master (auctioneer of seized enemy and Loyalist property) and quartermaster and then served as aide-de-camp to General Wooster during the British attack at Danbury on April 27, 1777 when Wooster was fatally wounded. Bradley is credited with writing the 12th Amendment to the Constitution which provides for the election of the President and Vice President.


    Expected toning. Remnants of a seal, but no address, indicating the letter was hand delivered.


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