Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from James Pemberton, 31 October 1807

Philada. 31st. 10th. Month. 1807—

Esteemed Friend;

Thou mayest judge it strange, that a Person in a private capacity, shoud address thee on business of a public nature; but knowing that, the Federal Government has given a favorable countenance, to the feeble endeavours of our Religious Society, (called Quakers), for promoting the civilization of the Indian Inhabitants on the borders of the United States, and beleiving it right, that our Rulers should be made acquainted with our proceedings, in this very important business, I am induced to hand thee a Report of a Committee engaged therein, to the yearly Meeting of Friends lately held in Maryland, for the department in that State, and some adjacent parts, a copy of which I received from one of my Brethren at Baltimore a few days past; and Alth’o our Brethren there will I Expect inform thee thereof, I think it not inexpedient, that the most early communication on the Subject Should be made to thee; more particularly, as some newspaper intelligence has been published, which may give improper impressions to the inconsiderate part of our Citizens; these considerations will I hope apologize for the Freedom thus taken, by

very Respectfully Thy Friend;

Jams. Pemberton

PHi: Daniel Parker Papers.

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