Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Dog Soldier, 16 July 1804

July 16. 1804.

My son the Dogsouldier
2d chief of the Little Osages

You have heard the words which I have this day spoken to your great chief White hairs. they are meant for you and your people also. I consider his towns and your towns as forming one nation, and shall bear equal friendships to both. but in whatever concerns your towns separately we shall always treat them separately according to your desire.

As to yourself personally we shall always consider you as our friend, and entitled to be distinguished by us, as your own people distinguish you. the medal which we have given you will testify to your people and to all others the esteem we bear you, and the confidence we repose in you.

Th: Jefferson

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