Thomas Jefferson Papers

Enclosure: From Suffield Citizens, 16 March 1801

From Suffield Citizens

Suffield, State of Connecticut, March 16th. 1801


The People of the United States, assisted by the experience of past ages, have established a Constitution of Government, founded on the genuine principles of Republicanism, Wisdom and Virtue—

The important offices which you have sustained with dignity, and discharged with integrity under this Constitution, warrant us to believe, that you will employ Your talents and influence to preserve the same inviolate and uncorrupted.—We trust that your Prudence will harmonise the discordant opinions, which exist in some parts of the union; and that, by your wisdom, you will conciliate the affections of all the Citizens of these States.—Impressed with these sentiments, the Inhabitants of This and the neighboring Towns, here assembled, Congratulate You, Sir, on your Advancement to the first Office of Government in the United States.—

May You be happy in the general tranquillity of the Republic, & satisfied with the gratitude of the People, who have placed you in this exalted Station: May the blessings of the People over whom you preside, be the certain Pledge of a sure reward in Heaven, for the services you have rendered them here: And may the Supreme Being, whose Guardian eye has ever watched over this Land for good, still protect the United States.

By Order
Alexr: King Chairman.

RC (DLC); in unidentified hand, signed by King; at head of text: “The Citizens of This and the neighboring Towns, assembled in Celebration of the Election of a Republican President and Vice President of the United States, Alexander King Esqr. Chairman, unanimously adopted the following Address and requested that the same might be transmitted to the President” and “Thomas Jefferson, President of the United States”; on separate sheet, in Granger’s hand: “If Mr. Jefferson should deem it proper to transmit an Answer to this address—he is requested to Send it—under Cover—addressed to his friend & humle. Servt. G Granger”; endorsed by TJ as received 24 Apr. and so recorded in SJL. FC and Dft (CtHi), lacking sentence at head of text.

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