New-Orleans 16 August 1804
His Excellency Governor Claiborne, in consequence of a severe attack of fever, common at this Season and in this climate, which disables him from writing even his name, has directed me to state to you Sir, that, your letters of the 12th. and 17th. July to himself and the Superior of the Nuns of St. Ursula have been recieved.—The first will be attended to, the moment health permits, and the latter has been conveyed to the Superior.
I have the honor to be, Sir, with the highest respect Your most obdt. Servt.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.