Writings of Thomas Jefferson, Volume 3

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Author: Thomas Jefferson

Special Message. December 30, 1808.

To the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States:

I lay before the legislature a letter from Governor Claiborne, on the subject of a small tribe of Alabama Indians, on the western side of the Mississippi, consisting of about a dozen families. Like other erratic tribes in that country, it is understood that they have hitherto moved from place to place, according to their convenience, without appropriating to themselves exclusively any particular territory. But having now become habituated to some of the occupations of civilized life, they wish for a fixed residence. I suppose it will be the interest of the United States to encourage the wandering tribes of that country to reduce themselves to fixed habitations, whenever they are so disposed. The establishment of towns, and growing attachment to them, will furnish, in some degree, pledges of their peaceable and friendly conduct. The case of this particular tribe is now submitted to the consideration of Congress.

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Chicago: Thomas Jefferson, "Special Message. December 30, 1808.," Writings of Thomas Jefferson, Volume 3 in Thomas Jefferson, the Writings of Jefferson: Monticello Edition, Vol. 3 (Washington, D.C.: Thomas Jefferson Memorial Association, 1904-1905), P.486 Original Sources, accessed April 20, 2018, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DMFW7YFYCLMVAG9.

MLA: Jefferson, Thomas. "Special Message. December 30, 1808." Writings of Thomas Jefferson, Volume 3, in Thomas Jefferson, the Writings of Jefferson: Monticello Edition, Vol. 3 (Washington, D.C.: Thomas Jefferson Memorial Association, 1904-1905), P.486, Original Sources. 20 Apr. 2018. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DMFW7YFYCLMVAG9.

Harvard: Jefferson, T, 'Special Message. December 30, 1808.' in Writings of Thomas Jefferson, Volume 3. cited in , Thomas Jefferson, the Writings of Jefferson: Monticello Edition, Vol. 3 (Washington, D.C.: Thomas Jefferson Memorial Association, 1904-1905), P.486. Original Sources, retrieved 20 April 2018, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DMFW7YFYCLMVAG9.