New Orleans March 18. 1806.
By Mr. Dean who goes to the City of Washington with public dispatches, I do myself the pleasure to transmit you a Map of a part of this Territory.— It is the most correct of any I have seen, and as such is offered for your acceptance.
Mr. Deplantier is now in this City, and proposes, without delay, to locate a portion of the lands granted to General La Fayette.— We hope to be enabled to procure, on the Canal Carondalet, one thousand Acres.
Governor Folch is at Mobile, engaged in strengthening the Fort at that place, and intriguing with the Indians,—but on these points, my communication to the Secretary at War, will give you the particulars.
The Brig Franklin is in the river—and Capt. Shaw and the other Naval Officers have arrived in this City.—The Gunboats from Cumberland and Kentucky have not come down, and I fear they may be detained for some time.—The presence of a respectable Force in this City, is essential to the safety of New Orleans.—I suppose that at this time, there cannot be less than two millions of Dollars in this City, which, together with the Merchandize in the numerous private Warehouses, would furnish a rich Booty for a Successful Enemy.
With sentiments of great respect, I am, Dear Sir, Your faithful friend—
William C. C. Claiborne
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.