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.