Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from John Cleves Symmes, 5 September 1806

Northbend, Miami,
Sept: 5th 1806.

To Thomas Jefferson Esquire

Permit me, respected Sir, to introduce to you the bearer hereof, a very worthy Indian by the name of Nanasekaw, alias Captain Blackbeard of the Shawanae nation, and nearly one hundred years old as he informs me.

I have known this man more than seventeen years, during which time he has behaved with propriety as far as I can learn, (the time of war excepted) he has proved himself very friendly to Americans.

He informs me that he has a great desire to see the President of the United States, and the great Council of the white people who are to meet at the City of Washington next winter.

I have the honor to be, with every Sentiment of esteem and respect, Sir, Your very humble Servant.

John Cleves Symmes.

MoSHi: Bixby Collection.

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