Monticello Aug. 9. 07.
On recieving tenders of service from various military corps, I have usually addressed the answer to the officer commanding them. observing in the address of the Master Mariners of Baltimore of July 16. that, being probably unorganised, no commanding officer was named, I considered the first person on the list of subscribers as a kind of foreman, & therefore addressed my answer to him. I now, with pleasure, correct, on reflection, that error, by inclosing a duplicate of the answer to yourself, as the chairman whom they had chosen as the channel of communication, having nothing more at heart than to prove my respect for yourself and the master mariners of Baltimore. Accept for yourself & them the assurances of my high consideration.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.