New Orleans, Septr. the 30th. 1808.
We have had some thing to do here about the Batture. I have been applied to upon the subject. It was placing me in an Awkward situation, but finding that I was obliged to say some thing on the part of the federal Government, I wrote the Letter published in the enclosed Paper. If I have not represented correctly the Views of the Governmt. therein, it has proceeded from a want of information upon the subject, and not from a want of Inclination to do so. I have the honor to be Sir, Yr. Obt. Servt
DNA: RG 59-TP-Territorial Papers, Orleans.