From the Richmond Dispatch, 7/23/1880, p. 2, c. 6
PERSONAL – BRIEF ITEMS. - …Miss E. L. Van Lew has gone to Washington for the reported purpose of pushing in person her claims to the postmastership of Richmond.
…Among the names mentioned in connection with the Richmond post-office is that of Mr. J. A. Jeffards, who held the position of assistant postmaster under Miss Van Lew.