Richmond. Decr. 17. 1807
Difficulties having been experienced in adjusting some of the expenses incurred while the militia were lately in service at Norfolk, General Mathews finds it necessary to attend at the Department of War, for the purpose of making some explanations. He will deliver you this letter, and I take the liberty to solicit your attention to him—His character is so well known, as to render it perfectly unnecessary for me to make any particular remark; but I have pleasure in assuring you that his conduct, during his command at Norfolk, merits, in my opinion, high approbation—
General Mathews has with him a Draft of Elizabeth River. As the protection of our sea-port towns will, in case of a war, engage much of the attention of the Government, permit me to request your attention to that draft, as being calculated to suggest the points at which works may be most advantageously constructed, for the defence of Norfolk—
I have the honor to be with the highest respect Sir yr. Obt. Servt.
Wm H: Cabell
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.