Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Abner Watkins, 21 October 1807

October 21st. 1807


Permit us (as a Committe in the name & by the direction of the society of people called Baptists constituting the district of the appomattox Association within the County of Prince Edward & the Counties adjacent) to present you this address acknowledging our approbation for your judicious & wise administration during the time you have occupied the presidential Chair & that as a grateful People we think it a duty due you from us (as a part of the Citizens of the United States) to make this A Vowal. We are not a little concerned that the time is near approaching when by the constituted authorities of our Country you will be inelegable to the high office you now occupy we nevertheless look to that supreme being who rules Nations & Kingdoms & have the flattering hope that out of your ashes he will raise another Phœnix under whose government we shall stil be free & happy We entertain the pleasing anticipation that distant ages will be annimated at the mention of the name of Jefferson & that his merits will be stamped in indeliable Charecters on their & our memories. We beg leave Sir under the Authority aforesaid to subscribe our selves your most Obt. Servants

Abner Watkins

Bernard Todd

DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.

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