November 9th: 1807
Since the outrage commited on our Frigate the Chesapeak, I have recruited a Company of Rifle Men in the 17th. Regmt. Virga. under an Act of Congress passed the 24th. February last “Authorising the President of the United States to accept the service of a number of volunteer companies not exceeding thirty thosand men” the Recruits and Officers of which present themselves to your direction and await your call—And in support of the rights & liberties of their Country the solemnly pledge thier lives & honour—
Maurice C Miller Captain of
the Cumberland Rifle Men—
Cumberland Couty. Virga
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.