before 19 Mch. 1806
The undersigned a Committee of the inhabitants of the Town & District of St. Louis, had the honor in an address to you a short time since, to express their own as well as their constituents just indignation on learning the injurious and ill founded reports, maliciously circulated against the Governor of the Territory of Louisiana—
Thus situated they thought it their duty publicly to express their confidence in the chief for whom they are indebted to your fatherly cares: the distance of some of the Districts prevented their collecting & transmiting at that time the Signatures of many Inhabitants. They inclose You this day a number to be added to those already forwarded, and expect shortley to increase this list, which they will have the honor to send you—every good Citizen of Louisiana is thus anxious to express his attachment to the General Government, and his confidence in the chief who presides over this Territory—
We have the honor to be with great respect Sir Your Obedt. Hble. Servts.
Bd. Pratte abscent
DNA: RG 59—TP—Territorial Papers.