Nachitoches August 28th. 1806.
My official Letter of this date, to the Secretary at War, will inform you of the state of things in this quarter,—the reasons which occasioned my visit to this Post, and the part I have acted since my arrival. In addressing you therefore at this time, I have only to announce an event, which unpleasant as it may be, is nevertheless proper to acquaint you of.—Lieutenant Lewis of the Army, who I learn was your nephew, died a few Days since at Camp-Hamilton, in the County of Opelousas; he had lately joined the Army, and was on his arrival in good health; but was soon hurried into another world by a violent Fever:—During his Illness, he had the best medical assistance which the Country afforded, & experienced all the friendly attentions, which a benevolent Society could render.
Lieutenant Lewis promised to make an excellent Officer, and his Death is Sincerely lamented.
I am Dr Sir, With great respect Your faithful friend
William C. C. Claiborne
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.