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From Christopher Hays to Thomas Jefferson, 6 January 1806

January 6th 1806

To the President and To the Honourable the Senate of the United States in Congress Assembled

We the citizens of the district of Cape Girardeau in uper Louisiana for ourselves and our Neighbours; after being informed as we have been: that the Intrigues and machinations of a few Designing, turbulent and Disappointed People of the District of St. Genevive who have maliciously & without any Substantial Reason Propagated Reports unfavourable to the Character and Conduct of our Excellant Governor James Wilkinson Esqr. Evidently Intending to Prejudice the Honourable Senate against him to the End that they may not confirm his Appointment; we therefore feel it a Duty we owe ourselves, a Duty we owe to the Character & Conduct of his Excellancy & a Proper Defference to the Chief Majistrate of the United States whose Integrety and talents are well known & whose Wisdom and Judgement in the Selection of Characters to fill the Different Posts of Honour Profit & trust has Long since been acknowledged and approved.

We therefore Request & Petition your Honours to Recive this as a proof on our Entire approbation of his appointment of Governor to our Terrytory & our Unlimited Confidence in the Wisdom, Judgement and Integrity of the commander in Chief of the United States forces now administering the Office of Governor over our Terretory; we can safely say; that the Whole Tenor of his Conduct since he arived here has been such; as ought to have satisfyed and contented the great majority of the People most Particularly the People of this District Who are Chiefly all American Emigrants or citizens arived from the States since the cession. With Respect and Defference we have the Honour to be your most obt Humbl servants

Christr. Hays

and 16 other signatures

So [long] as General Wilkinsons Conduct have Come to my knowledge & approve of it.

and 37 more signatures

DNA: RG 59—TP—Territorial Papers.

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