James Madison Papers

To James Madison from William C. C. Claiborne, 17 October 1807

Territory of Orleans County of Ibberville October 17th., 1807.


The case of the Batture has given rise to a warm Newspaper discussion, which for the present seems wholly to engage the public Mind.

New-Orleans has so long been the residence of the Governor of the Territory, that the Inhabitants of that City, or rather some of them, think me culpable in taking a short excursion into the Country. But I am persuaded the President will not object to my retiring from the City, whenever in my Judg’ment the public’ Convenience may permit, & more especially at a season of the year, when the Country Air is so essential to the health of myself and family.

I have received no recent information from our Western Frontier; the Asylum offered to fugitive Slaves, in the Province of Taxas, gives much uneasiness to the Planters of this Territory, & is likely to prove highly injurious.

We have a report of the Cession of the Florida’s to the United States; it is said to be confirmed in late Letters from Philadelphia; But I suspect the Report is circulated, with a view to certain Land Speculations, which much occupies the attention of some of our self-created Great Men. I have the honor to be Sir, Very respectfully, Yo: Mo: Obt. servt.

William C. C. Claiborne

DNA: RG 59—CD—Consular Despatches, New Orleans.

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