Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to William Eaton, 7 October 1807

Oct. 7. 07.

The offer of your service in support of the rights of your country merits & meets the highest praise; & 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.

Having required from the Governors of the several States their certain quotas of Militia to be ready for service, & recommended at the same time the preference of Volunteers under the Acts of Congress & particularly that of the 24th. of Feby 1807. the acceptance & organisation of such Volunteers has been delegated to them.

Tendering therefore the thanks of our Country so justly deserved for all offers of service made to me, I must add that it is necessary to renew them to the Governor of the State for the purposes of Acceptance & organisation

I salute you with great respect

Th: Jefferson


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