James Madison Papers

To James Madison from William Charles Coles Claiborne, 14 May 1806

New Orleans May 14th 1806.


The Secretary of the Territory, Mr. Graham, will depart from hence to the United States in a few days; by him I shall write you fully as to the state of things in this quarter.

The Territorial Legislature will I fear do little good during the present session; they are devidid, and one party, the strongest, seems to me to be greatly influenced by a few men in this City, whose politics and views are, in my opinion, in opposition to the interests of the United States. Those men, who are great adepts in the arts of Intrigue, are desirous that Evan Jones should be elected the delegate to Congress, and I am inclined to think they will accomplish their object. With great respect and esteem, your hble. Servt.

Signed Wm. C. C. Claiborne.

Printed Source--Dunbar Rowland, ed. Official Letter Books of W. C. C. Claiborne, 1801-1816. 6 vols. (Jackson, MS: State Department of Archives and History, 1917)..

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