James Madison Papers

To James Madison from William C. C. Claiborne, 22 November 1805 (Abstract)

From William C. C. Claiborne, 22 November 1805 (Abstract)

§ From William C. C. Claiborne. 22 November 1805, New Orleans. “An American Schooner which was lately captured and carried into the Havanna, has been released, and the owners of the Privateer that made the capture, have been ordered to pay a considerable sum of money for the injury done. This circumstance has afforded much pleasure to the Merchants here, and will doubtless greatly benefit the commerce of the Port.

“You will read with pleasure the Address of Mr. Detréhan to the House of Representatives;1 he seems at this time to be a good American, and I think I have observed of late, a very favorable change in the public sentiment. No man entertains a greater regard for the ancient Inhabitants of Louisiana than myself or more appreciates their many private virtues; and I entertain Strong hopes that, in a few years, they will become very zealous members of the American Republic.”

RC and enclosure (DNA: RG 59, TP, Orleans, vol. 7); letterbook copy (Ms-Ar: Claiborne Executive Journal, vol. 15). RC 1 p.; in a clerk’s hand, signed by Claiborne; docketed by Wagner. For enclosure, see n. 1.

1The enclosure (2 pp.) is from the 19 Nov. 1805 Louisiana Gazette and contains Jean Noël Destréhan’s 14 Nov. 1805 address to the members of the territorial house of representatives thanking them for naming him speaker, congratulating them on how well they had fulfilled their task as legislators, and urging them to study during the recess all the materials that would “accelerate the accomplishment” of their legislative duties (Carter, Territorial Papers, Orleans, 9:523).

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