Missisippi Taritory of Adams County Natchez November 7 1806
May it plees your honorabel highness Dear Sir After my best Compliments I take This oppertunity to inform you That I Came To this Taritory on [. . . .] Last and on The 10th of July I set in to work on A section of Land on a smawl branch of The River onnit caweled mossy Creak Intending to hold it but Mr Georg Davis set 2 Negroes to work on it On the 19th of September and says he Will hold it becaus he is abel to pay More for it than I am but I shout That I wold not Give up to him untel I Rote to you About it hopeing that you wold Not Suffer me to Louse my Labour be Caus I am Not abel to stand my hand with the Richmen I had Rather pay in trust for the mony from the Time The Rest pays for their Land then not keep it As I have settled my self therr and has Got Some Stock attacht to the plase Mr Davis has a preemtion Right in the Taritory and I think as I first setteled That place I have to Best Rite to it And I Charatabilly hope that you will think so to and let me kep my possion I was a Soldier in Capt William Hawls Company Discharged at Averys borugh June the 14th 1800 [. . . .] And I hope that you will Consider me as good as Mr Davis if I am not as Rich I shall Submit the Cause hoping you will Allow me to keepe my Land if Not as My own Let me keepe it and pay Rent to the publick for it until I Can Enabel my self to pay for it. I want you to send me a Letter to Nachez as soon as you make up your mind as I may go Whither to work Any Langer for Mr Davis or Not an in so doing you will oblige your humble Servant
the postmaster is Requested to Send this to the presadent
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.