Natchitoches Augt. 10th. 1805.
By the request of Governor Claiborne, I have the Honour of forwarding to you herewith, a coppy of a French Manuscript that by accident came into my possession. It was found Amongst the papers of the late Governor Messier of the Province of Taxus; he died at St. Antonio, and after his death his family return’d Again to Natchitoches where they had before lived, & this Manuscript was brought in amongst his private Books and papers, I procur’d it from his Son Athanaise de Messier esqr. a very worthy Man now the Treasurer of this County. It is written in a clear handsome hand in a large folio Bound Volum, with wide margin. The Original is now in my possession. the expence of Coppying it is $85. (viz.)
|Pierre Graciole’s Acct. 25 days @ $2.||$50.|
|25 days boarding do||25|
|Paper Stationary &c||6|
|Mr Vin Piere. 2 days comparing the Coppy||4|
I am Sir, with very great respect & Esteem Your Obt. Hble Servant
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.