New Orleans June 4. 1806
My dear Sir
Major William Nott of Louisiana a native Citizen of the United States and President of the New Orleans Insurance Company, having understood that the Office of Consul for the United States at the Port of Bordeaux, in France would soon become vacant, has solicited me to name him to you as a Candidate for the honor of that appointment.
I feel no hesitation in representing Major Nott as meriting your confidence. He possesses great prudence and integrity of character—is an American in sentiment and feeling—has zealously supported the Interest of his Country in this quarter, and given all the aid in his power to the constituted Authorities.—He is a man of considerable Commercial enterprize,—and the french Language is as familiar to him as his own.
Major Nott would prefer a residence at Bordeaux—but would accept, with gratitude, the office of Consul for any Port in France.
I have the honor to be, Sir, with great respect, your faithful friend.
William C. C. Claiborne
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.