Feb. 28. 06.
What would you think of raising a force for the defence of New Orleans in this manner? Give a bounty of 50 acres of land to be delivered immediately, to every able bodied man who will immediately settle on it, & hold himself in readiness to perform 2. years military service (on the usual pay) if called on within the first seven years of his residence. The lands to be chosen by himself of any of those in the Orleans territory, on the West side of the Mississippi, actually surveyed & unsold, each to have his choice in the order of their arrival on the spot, a proclamation to be issued to this effect to engage as many as will to go on & present themselves to the officer there; & moreover recruiting officers to be sent into different parts of the Union to raise and conduct s⟨e⟩ttlers at the public expence. When settled there, to be well trained as a militia by officers living among them.
A similar provision for Tombigbee.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.