Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to John George Jackson, 22 February 1806

Washington Feb. 22. 06


I recieved in Nov. a petition from some Wiandot Indians praying for a grant of the reservation of 2. miles square at the lower rapids of Sandusky, part to themselves, & part to some missionaries; and lately I have recieved a counterpetition from other Indians: but neither coming through our agent, we have no proper means of knowing that they are genuine, or have been fairly obtained. they will be properly referred for enquiry.

I recieved at the same time a memorial & representation of the Western missionary society, addressed to the President & Congress, praying that half the reserve might be granted to the General assembly of the Presbyterian church in America. Congress alone being competent to determine on the merits of this paper & all persons having a right to address them immediately, I presumed they would have sent a copy to them. it is not proper for me to become the channel of individual applications to Congress: and as individuals we must consider them, the incorporation of religious societies in the states being out of the constitutional notice of the general government. should the society have sent no other copy of their memorial, you shall be furnished with the one sent to me, on application to the War–office, where it is deposited. Accept my salutations & respects.

Th: Jefferson

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