Aug. 29. 07.
Your letter of the 12th. inst. has not come to hand. I have now recieved that of the 18th. informing me that on a call for 480. men from your brigade 1119 young & active citizens have voluntarily offered their service to their country. this offer merits & meets the highest praise: and whenever the moment arrives in which the public rights must appeal to the public arm for support, they will be found to rest safely on the spirit which animates our nation, on that which produces from your brigade so honorable a proof, that our citizens view these rights as their personal concern, & that the only contest is who shall be recieved into the ranks to which their vindication shall be confided.
I pray you to tender from me, on behalf of their country, to the officers & volunteers of your brigade, the thanks they so justly deserve, & the assurances that when the public interests shall call for their services, this offer of them will be remembered.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.