New Orleans May 19. 1806.
Mr. Graham, who visits the United States by your permission, will be enabled to satisfy your enquiries with respect to this Territory—and particularly as it relates to our local politics.
On the return of Mr. Graham, which I hope will be in September next, I intreat your permission (unless the state of things here should render my presence necessary) to visit the United States. I should be happy to have it in my power to visit the City of Washington; but I feel particularly desirous to pass a few weeks in Tennessee.
For near Six years I have paid no attention to my private affairs, and they are now so deranged that without some care on my part, I shall soon find myself without any means of support other than that which my office may afford.—But independent of this consideration, I feel as if I required some short respite from my public avocations: An incessant attention to business, for more than five years has greatly impaired my Constitution; and I am persuaded that a journey to the United States would be of great service to my health. I could have preferred to have taken this Journey during the summer months; but with your permission I would with pleasure undertake it in the fall.
I am Dear Sir, With great Respect Your faithful friend
William C. C. Claiborne
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.