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To James Madison from William C. C. Claiborne, 15 March 1803 (Abstract)

§ From William C. C. Claiborne

15 March 1803, “Near Natchez.” Has been requested to forward the enclosed petition from the Mississippi Territory House of Representatives [not found] regarding “the free Navigation of certain Navigable Rivers, ‘falling into the Bay of Mexico, from the Territories of the United States, and passing thro’ the Dominions of his Catholic Majesty’”; asks that it be laid before the president.1 On 12 Mar. the legislature elected Dr. William Lattimore of Natchez territorial delegate to Congress for two years. He is “a young man of promising Talents, & a firm & genuine republican.”2 The legislature then adjourned until October 1803. The laws passed are now in press; will send JM a copy “as soon as they are printed.” Has received no recent news from New Orleans.

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