Washington Jan. 10. 06.
I find, at length, a moment in which I can hastily acknolege the reciept of your letter of the 2d. there happens to be a vacant factorship at Natchitoches on Red river, the one which you would suit best, & would suit you best of all those within our limits. It is an antient French village, where there is a tolerable society, & the factory for the neighboring tribes of Indians, who are entirely humanised. I spoke to the Secretary at war who has the appointment, & says it shall be given to you. the salary & all allowances are 1360. D. a year, and no permission to engage in private trade. he says that the factors are required to give an effectual security to the amount of 10,000. D. on this subject, as well as every thing else relating to it you will be pleased to correspond with him. should you go, your best mode would be by sea to N. Orleans & then up the rivers to Natchitoches. sincerely wishing this may meet your convenience I present you my friendly salutations.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.