From William C. C. Claiborne
Natchez August 19h, 1803.
My friend Doctor Lattimore, having it in contemplation to pass thro’ Albermarle, on his way to the Seat of Government, I have taken the liberty to introduce him to your Acquaintance;—You will find the Doctor a well informed, modest man—his political principles are purely republican, and his firmness may be relied upon.—
I will refer you to Doctor Lattimore for the State of Affairs in this quarter;—he is well acquainted with the local Interest of the Territory, and can also give you some general Information concerning the Province of Louisiana.—
I pray you to accept my best wishes for your private & public happiness, and believe me to be—
With great Respect, Your faithful friend & Mos. Obd. hbl Sert.
William C. C. Claiborne
RC (DLC); at foot of text: “Thomas Jefferson President of the U. States”; endorsed by TJ as received 15 Oct. and so recorded in SJL.
William lattimore was the new delegate to Congress from the Mississippi Territory, serving from 1803 to 1807 and again from 1813 to 1817 (DAB description begins Allen Johnson and Dumas Malone, eds., Dictionary of American Biography, New York, 1928-36, 20 vols. description ends ; Biog. Dir. Cong. description begins Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-1989, Washington, D.C., 1989 description ends ).