Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to United States Militia, 8 July 1807

July 8. 1807.

The offer of your service, in support of the rights of your country, merits and meets the highest praise: and whenever the moment arrives in which these rights must appeal to the public arm for support, the spirit from which your offer flows, that which animates our nation, will be their sufficient safeguard.

To the legislature will be rendered a faithful account of the events which have so justly excited the sensibilities of our country, of the measures taken to obtain reparation, & of their result: and to their wisdom will belong the course to be ultimately pursued.

In the mean time it is our duty to pursue that prescribed by the existing laws:* towards which, should your services be requisite, this offer of them will be remembered.

I tender, for your Country, the thanks you so justly deserve.

Th: Jefferson

*  the authority of these having been recently & grossly outraged in the state of Virginia, the Governor will employ such portions of it’s militia; as, in cooperation with the force of the US. in the same quarter, may protect the country, it’s citizens and property from violence. towards this your services are accepted under his direction.

DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.

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