New-Orleans April 3rd. 1808.
On the 31st. Ultimo, the Legislature of the Territory, closed their Sessions; a copy of the acts passed, will be transmitted you, as soon as they are printed.
You will find by a message from me to the Legislature, (printed in the enclosed paper), the reasons which induced my approbation of "a Digest of the Civil Laws now in force in this Territory"; A work of the kind was indispensible to the due administration of Justice. I am Sir, with great respect your mo: obt. Servt.
William C. C. Claiborne
DNA: RG 59-TP-Territorial Papers, Orleans.