Petition for Statehood
by the
Legislative Council and House of Representatives of Mississippi Territory

Many thanks to Mark Lang for transcribing and submitting this document!

National Intelligencer [Vol. XL] Washington City, Saturday, January 26, 1811


Memorial of the Legislative Council and House of Representatives of the Mississippi Territory, praying admission as a state into the Union unanimously agreed to at the second session of the sixth General Assembly, November 1810.

To the honorable the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States in Congress assembled.

The memorial unanimously adopted, of the Legislative Council and House of Representatives of Mississippi Territory, in general assembly convened,


 That by the articles of agreement and session between the United States and the state of Georgia; an act for the amicable settlement of limits with the state of Georgia, &cc. And an act supplemental thereto, the government of the Mississippi Territory was organized and established and “all and singular, the rights, privileges, and advantages granted to the people of the united States, north, west of the river Ohio, by an ordinance of the 13th day of July, one thousand seven hundred eighty-seven, were extended to the people of the Mississippi territory: And by the said articles of agreement and cession, it is provided “That the territory thus ceded shall form a state, and be admitted as such into the Union as soon as it shall contain sixty thousand free inhabitants, or at an earlier period if Congress shall think it expedient.”

 Your memorialists state, that although they do not pretend to have the number required by the said article of agreement and cession, and the ordinance, to entitle our territory, as a matter of right, into the Union, upon the footing of one of the original states; yet, we hope that our numbers(as will appear by the census now taken under law of the United States) are sufficiently respectable to induce your honorable body to admit the Mississippi territory into the Union as a matter of expediency.

 Your memorailists conceive it unnecessary to detail the many reasons which might be adduced in support of their petition , but think it sufficient to say, that as the  people of this territory are able to bear the expense of a state government with convenience to themselves, and, at the same time will relieve the government of the United States of the cares and expenses incident to the territorial form of government (under which they have perhaps not patiently lived) for about twelve years, was formed, it is found from experience, to be unfriendly to republicanism; and in such a one, as every American in heart is solicitous to be relieved from.  We, therefore, pray your honorable body to pass a law authorizing a convention to be called for the purpose of forming a constitution and state government in Mississippi territory, to be admitted into the Union upon the footing of the original states.

 Your memorialists, from a knowledge of your indulgence to the people of the territories north west of the river Ohio, when in a situation similar to their own, are sanguine in their expectations, that your honorable body will grant them the prayer of their petition.
 And they will ever pray, &cc.

   Speaker of the House of Representatives

   President of the Legislative Council

            Wm. C. WINSTON
    Clerk of the House of  Representatives, Mississippi territory


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