“… I consider the business of hunting as already become insufficient to furnish clothing and subsistence to the Indians. The promotion of agriculture, therefore, and household manufacture, are essential in their preservation, and I am disposed to aid and encourage it liberally. … In truth, the ultimate point of rest & happiness for them is to let our settlements and theirs meet and blend together, to intermix, and become one people. Incorporating themselves with us as citizens of the U.S. … And we have already had an application from a settlement of Indians to become citizens of the U.S. …”
thomas jefferson to Benjamin Hawkins (an American planter, statesman, and united states Indian agent . He was a delegate to the Continental Congress and a United States Senator from North Carolina,) Feb. 18, 1803
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