Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Abraham Shepherd, 6 December 1806

Decr. the 6th. 1806

To Thomas Jefferson Esquire
President of the United States.

At a time when the public mind throughout the Union is agitated with alarming reports respecting the existence and designs of a party hostile to the welfare and prosperity of our country, we deem it a duty incumbent on us to express to the Executive of the Union our attachment to the government of the United States and our confidence in its administration. whatever may be the intention of desperate and abandoned men respecting the destruction of that constitution which has raised us to our present elevated rank among the nations of the world, and which is our only security for the future, we trust they will find very few advocates in the state of Ohio. We express the feelings and opinions of our constituents when we say that no arts of intrigueing men no real or visionary prospect of advantage will ever induce us to sever that bond of Union which is our only security against domestic violence and foreign invasion.

Beleiving that the fundamental maxims of rational liberty have guided you in the administration of our government we hesitate not to express our full and entire confidence in your consels and conduct. Enjoying as we now do every blessing which as men and as citizens we could desire and in a country fertile in natures choisest gifts, we should deem it presumptuous indeed to hazard by intestive dissensions these incalculable advantages.

We trust that public rumour has magnified the danger, but should the design in agitation be as destructive as represented we have no doubt but all fear will shortly be dissipated before the indignation of our citizens

That you may long live to enjoy the attachment and respect of the american people is the sincere and unanimous wish of the Legislature of the State of Ohio.

Abraham Shepherd
Speaker of the house of Representatives

Thos. Kirker Speaker of the Senate

Attest Wm Dickinson Clk. H.R

Attest Thomas Scott clerk to the Senate

DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.

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