Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Connecticut Officers and Soldiers of the 12th Regiment, 23 September 1801

From Connecticut Officers and Soldiers
of the 12th Regiment

Lebanon 23rd September 1801


While the Friends of Civil & Religious Liberty in the Old & new world, are rejoicing at the elavation of their ablest Advocate to the summit of human Glory—the first Magistrate of a Free & enlightened people—Permit the Officers & Soldiers of the 12th Regiment of Militia of Connecticut to present a respectfull testimonial of Attachment to the Constitution of our Country “the worlds best hope” and to our beloved Chief the Friend of Man—

We have long viewed with anxious salicitude the conflict of contending principles—We have seen with regret Republicanism ridiculed & dispised—its votaries stigmatised and denounced as the enemies of God & Man—and we have felt with grief & indignation the degrading influence of the reign of terror & delusion—But thanks to an Overruling Providence—Virtue & patriotism have burst “the Lilliputian ties”—revived the Creed of Seventy Six—and consecrated to Liberty a new era in the Annals of our Country—Henceforth the political Anathemas of a profaned Pulpit are as little to be dreaded as the Thunders of the Vatican—and the Malignant invectives of a prostituted Press (like the wounded Serpent poisoning its self) are to us harmless as legendary tales—

Whatever may be the Opinion of some of our fellow Citizens who have not yet forgotten “the Flesh Pots of Eygpt” we contemplate with pleasure the prospect before us—Peace abroad tranquility at home a Republican Government faithfully executed & firmly supported by the confidence of the people Armed for defence but never for Offence—Such Sir are our sentiments and such will the sentiments of the Citizens of Connecticut as soon as the rays of a Mild & genial Administration shall dissipate the delusive mists which political intrigue artifice & design have diffused over their Minds—

Accept Sir the assurance of our Affectionate esteem and cordial support. in full confidence that your practice will illustrat your Theory—

in behalf of the Regiment

Daniel Tilden
Leiutt Col. Commadant

RC (DLC); at head of text: “To Thomas Jefferson President of the United States”; endorsed by TJ as received 20 Oct. and so recorded in SJL.

A captain during the American Revolution, Daniel Tilden (1743–1833) of Lebanon also served as a town selectman and representative in the Connecticut legislature. In May 1801 the legislature denied his promotion to brigadier general in the Connecticut militia due to his Republican sympathies (Heitman, Register description begins Francis B. Heitman, Historical Register of Officers of the Continental Army during the War of the Revolution, April, 1775, to December, 1793, new ed., Washington, D.C., 1914 description ends , 543; Orlo D. Hine, Early Lebanon. An Historical Address Delivered in Lebanon, Conn., On The National Centennial, July 4, 1876 [Hartford, 1880], 116–17, 126–8; White, Genealogical Abstracts description begins Virgil D. White, Genealogical Abstracts of Revolutionary War Pension Files, Waynesboro, Tenn., 1990–92, 4 vols. description ends , 3:3499; Connecticut Courant, 13 Jan. 1834; Kline, Burr description begins Mary-Jo Kline, ed., Political Correspondence and Public Papers of Aaron Burr, Princeton, 1983, 2 vols. description ends , 1:585–7; Aaron Burr to TJ, 4 June 1801).

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