Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Charles Christian, 24 December 1806

New York Decr 24th. 1806,


The Saratoga Rangers, a volunteer Company, of the first New York Regiment of Light Infantry, which I have the honour to command, resolved at a full meeting to tender their Services to their Country.

When we formed into a Company it was with a view to engage in actual service whenever the General Welfare should require it. Our Standard was presented by the illustrious Gates, it reminds us of a Great example and stimulates to duty—

Our zeal upon this occasion is heightened by the Consideration that if our services should be accepted of they will be engaged in support of the laws and Majistracy of our Country—

I have the honor Sir, to enclose a Copy of the resolution of the Company.

With every Sentiment of Respect and Duty

Charles Christian

Resolution from Saratoga Rangers

At a Meeting of the Officers, non commissiond officers and Privates of the Saratoga Rangers, New York, Decr 22nd. 1806—

Resolved Unanimously, that we consider it our duty, promptly, to support by force of Arms, when the Constituted Authority, declare it necessary, the Constitution, Laws and integrity of our Country—

Resolved Unanimously that the Captain present to the President of the United States, the tender of Service of the officers, non Commissiond officers and privates of this Company to March when and where the Publick welfare may require, against any enemy of the United States whatever,

Signed for himself and in behalf of the officers, Non Commissiond officers and Privates of the Saratoga Rangers—

Charles Christian Captn

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