Philadelphia 14 September 1807
The note with which you honored me, dated the 8th instant; together with the accompanying enclosures, have been received; and your letters in answer to the addresses, rightly conjectured to have been transmitted by me; have been delivered to the Captains to whom they were directed.
To a momentary chagrin, at not having their services accepted, by him they reverence; succeeded a more correct sentiment; appreciating the motives, that they conceive have occasioned their disappointment, and trusting that the power conferred by the national Legislature, relatively to the acceptance of the service of Volunteers—so patriotically dispensed with in the present instance; will never again be vested in a future Executive. With the highest respect I have the honor to be Sir Your Obedient humble Servant
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.