Boston 22d December 1807
Colonel Hatch of this state goes on to the seat of government with a project of his own in the art of gunnery. If I had time to examine it I should not consider myself competent to offer an opinion upon it to the President of the united States; but I consider our situation, as a nation to be such, that every attempt to serve or unite the country ought to be encouraged. I therefore presume to recommend him to your notice and attention.
I remain with great respect to your official and private character your most humble Servant
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.