Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Samuel Smith, 11 March 1808

Senate Chamber 11t. March 1808


The Marine Militia Bill has had a fair & full discussion this Day & yesterday. And on a motion to postpone until the first Monday of December, all the Senate except Seven rose in favor of the Motion—So that the principle of the Bill may be Considered as virtually rejected—No Reliance ever Can be placed in a similar Bill ever obtaining—Our Reliance must in my Opinion be placed in a Land Army & enlisted Seamen, for I Cannot See the least Chance of Congress ever making a Land or Sea Militia Such as will effectually answer their Object—I am Sir

Your Obedt. Servt.

S. Smith

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