New Orleans May 8. 1806.
I enclose for your perusal, a copy of a Bill which had passed the two houses of the Legislature; together with a Copy of a message, notifying my disapprobation thereto.
This subject has occasioned much conversation in this place, and is made by some, a ground of complaint against me. As this affair may probably be misrepresented at the Seat of Government, I have thought it proper to communicate to you the particulars.
The ancient Louisianians in the Legislature, are impatient of controul, and will illy receive a check from the executive authority; but I must do my duty, and shall on every occasion act the part which my judgment approves. By pursuing this course I may present to my Enemies fresh materials to work upon and render myself unpopular; but my conscience will be tranquil, and I shall sleep the better at night. With respect and esteem, your hble Servt.
William C. C. Claiborne
DNA: RG 59-TP-Territorial Papers, Orleans.