Washington July 8. 07.
The Secretary at War having proceeded to New York to make arrangements for the defence of that place, your letter to him of July 4. has been put into my hands. I see with satisfaction the promptitude with which you have proceeded in mounting the guns of your fort and I will count on your continuing your utmost exertions for putting yourself in the best condition of defence possible. with respect to the instructions you ask for, you will consider the proclamation of July 2. as your general instruction, but especially you are to contribute all the means in your power towards the defence of the country, it’s citizens & property against any aggressions which may be attempted by the British armed vessels or any other armed force. I salute you with respect.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.