Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from William Hull, 31 January 1807

Detroit January 31st. 1807.

To the President of the United States of America

Sensible, Sir, of the preeminent happiness which it has pleased divine providence to Confer on the People of the United States by their present happy Constitution, and administration of Government, the government of the territory of Michigan present to you, in their behalf, and in that of its Inhabitants, an assurance of their Constant and invariable devotion to the Constituted authorities of the nation, and of their determination to Support, by all proper means, their exertions to preserve the Sovereingnty, integrity, and independence of the american people.

Whatever cause for alarm may exist in other quarters of the Union, We believe that we are not improperly Sanguine or precipitate, when we assert in a manner the most unqualified and absolute that the patriotism, and fidelity of the officers and people of this territory cannot be questioned.

We notice, not without Concern, an assertion that a pecuniary institution, of importance to this Country, has its origin and Support with Characters and measures in other quarters, deemed inimically disposed to the peace, harmony, and tranquillity of the United States. We believe a Suspicion of this nature groundless. Our Sole object in the institution has been to give facilities to american enterprize in a department of commerce heretofore restricted to a foreign Nation, and with respect to which the present has appeared to us the Crisis of Succesfull competition.

That yourself, Sir, and your Compatriots in the great task of administering, at this interesting and eventfull period, the affairs of the american People, may find an ample reward in the eternal love and veneration of that people, and in the unceasing felicity of a future World, are the fervent and Sincere wishes of the undersigned.

William Hull

Governor of Michigan

Augustus B. Woodward

one of the Judges of Michigan

John Griffin

one of the Judges of Michigan

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