Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from John Garretson, 3 January 1807

State of New York Richmond County
January 3rd. 1807


We the Republicans of the County of Richmond—Concious of the present interesting and eventful period of human Affairs—we behold the arm of Militia Power, Overturning the Constitutions and Governments of Independent States—Also Sencible of the Enviable priviledges of our Situation—have Considered it our duty to express to you, our entire approbation of the Maxims and the Measures of our General Government, And to Request that your talents, experience and Virtues, may continue to be Exercised in the Service of our Country—

We have been appointed a Committe to communicate to you, the Sentiments and wishes of our fellow Republicans in this County,—we are Charged with an interesting and a pleasing duty Under your Administration our Nation has been distinguished, by peculier blessings, while we feel and Acknowledge our Gratitude to the Infinitely benevolent Disposer of events, we also Acknowledge Among his Choicest favours the direction of a Chief Magistrate, whose Constant endeavour it has been to Cherish public liberty, to maintain our Inestimable Constitution, and by dispensing equal Justice, And Cultivating Good will towards all mankind; to preserve the peace and perpetuate the prosperity of our Rising Nation—

We are convinced that upon this interesting Occasion, we Speak the ardent wishes and Undivided Sentiments, of the Republicans of the United States, Permit us therefore, in behalf of our Constituents and of our Selves, Respectfully and Earnestly, to Request your Compliance with the Anxious desire of your Country, in Consenting to be nominated at the Ensuing Presidential Ellection—

We are Sir, with the greatest respect and Esteem And with the Sincere Wishes for your happiness Your Republican Fellow Citizens

John Garretson


Wm. B Gifford

and 65 other signatures

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