From William C. C. Claiborne
Natchez January 21st. 1802—
I have the honor to enclose you, an address from the House of Representatives of the Mississippi Territory, and the pleasure to add, that the Sentiments it contains, are in unison with the feelings of a great majority of the Citizens of this Territory.—
I am persuaded, an opinion generally prevails in this District, that the Liberty, Peace, & safety of our Country, greatly depend upon the preservation of our present National Union, and free Government; and [to] give durability to such important Impressions, will be among the greatest objects of my public cares—
With great Respect & sincere Esteem I am Sir, your most obd: Hble: Servant—
William C. C. Claiborne
RC (DLC); in a clerk’s hand, signed by Claiborne; torn; at foot of text: “To His Excellency Thomas Jefferson President U. States”; endorsed by TJ as received 19 Mch. and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure: Mississippi Territory House of Representatives to TJ, 20 Jan.