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By Mr. Dean who goes to the City of Washington with public dispatches, I do myself the pleasure to transmit you a Map of a part of this Territory.— It is the most correct of any I have seen, and as such is offered for your acceptance. Mr. Deplantier is now in this City, and proposes, without delay, to locate a portion of the lands granted to General La Fayette.— We hope to be enabled to...
In a letter to the Secretary of State, I have given the particulars of the stoppage at Mobile of the American Schooner Ann, bound to Fort St. Stephens with provisions for our Troops.—I am firmly impressed with an opinion, that the Spanish Government is not disposed to extend towards the United States either a just or respectful conduct.—I further believe, that, to obtain for our fellow...
§ From William C. C. Claiborne. 15 March 1806, New Orleans. “The Carrier of the Mail of the United States, from hence to Fort Stoddart, by the way of the Lake, is now in my office, and reports—that, on his arrival at the Town of Mobile, he waited upon Governor Folche, who informed him that the mail would not be permitted to pass by water—upon which the Carrier asked and received permission to...
§ From William C. C. Claiborne. 14 March 1806, New Orleans. “The information from Mobile, as communicated in my letter of yesterday, proves to be correct. A Vessel, bound to Fort Stoddart, loaded with provisions for our Troops, and Goods for the Chactaw Factory, was not permitted to pass the Fort of Mobile, and has returned with her Cargo, to the Bayou St. John. “I will give you further...
§ From William C. C. Claiborne. 13 March 1806, New Orleans. “I was this day informed, that a Vessel, bound to Fort Stoddart, and loaded with Stores for our Garrison, has been detained at Mobile, and the Cargo landed. I fear the Spanish Agents are disposed to increase our embarrassments in that quarter. “It is also reported, that Governor Folche has lately visited Mobile, and that the Fort, at...
I am honored with the receipt of your Letter of the 16. of January; and its enclosure has been delivered to the Speaker of the House of Representatives. I have also received from the department of State, Commissions for four members of the Council; the fifth member is not yet notified to me—but I trust his Commission will arrive previous to the meeting of the Legislature, which will be on the...
§ From William C. C. Claiborne. 3 March 1806, New Orleans. “Permit me the honor to introduce to your acquaintance, Mr. Joshua Lewis, one of the Land Commissioners for the District of Orleans. He is acquainted with the state of things in this quarter, & can give you the latest news.” RC ( DLC ). 1 p.; in a clerk’s hand, signed by Claiborne. Joshua Lewis (1772–1833) was born in Virginia,...
Permit me the honor of introducing to your acquaintance, Mr. Joshua Lewis—one of the Land Commissioners for the district of Orleans. It is reported, that, since the arrival of Morales at the Town of Mobile, the navigation of the Mobile river, by American Vessels, has been objected to:—The report, however, wants confirmation. It is also rumoured, that the Spaniards at Nacogdoches, having taken...
I beg you to receive—accompanied with my warm respects—a Treatise written on the Criminal Laws of this Territory. I have the honor to be Your sincere friend— Major Rd. Claiborne takes this opportunity of sending his old and continued affection to Mr. Jefferson. DLC : Papers of Thomas Jefferson.
§ From William C. C. Claiborne. 20 February 1806, New Orleans. “The northern mail has this moment arrived; and brought me, under cover of a Packet, marked ‘Department of State’ commissions for four members of the Legislative Council, to wit Messrs. Detrehan, Bellchasse Macarty, and Sauve. I hope the fifth member may have also been appointed, and that his commission will be received by the next...
§ From William C. C. Claiborne. 19 February 1806, New Orleans. “The Marquis of Casa Calvo left this City on the 15. Instant, destined it is said for Pensacola; he was much displeased at receiving an Order to depart—and views it as an act of great violence. “We have a report here—that our Differences with Spain are amicably adjusted; I sincerely hope it may prove correct—but should it be...
§ From William C. C. Claiborne. 13 February 1806, New Orleans. “Since my communication of the 6th instant, a Duplicate of which goes by this mail, several Letters of which the enclosures from No. 1. to No. 6 are Copies, have passed between the Marquis of Casa Calvo and myself, on the Subject of the departure of the Spanish officers from this territory. “It is understood that the Marquis...
Application having lately been made to me by Mr. Dunbar—to obtain from the Marquis of Casa Calvo, a Passport for the Gentlemen who are about to ascend the Red River, under your Orders, I addressed to him a letter, of which the enclosure A is a copy, and received the answer marked B.—I have informed Mr. Dunbar of the Marquis’s refusal which I presume may occasion, for the present, the...
§ From William C. C. Claiborne. 12 February 1806, New Orleans. “Captain Ross returned to this City on this morning—and I now enclose for your perusal, a copy of his Report to me.” RC and enclosure ( DNA : RG 59, TP , Orleans, vol. 8). RC 1 p.; in a clerk’s hand, signed by Claiborne; docketed by Wagner. For enclosure, see n. 1. The enclosure (3 pp.; docketed by Wagner; printed in Carter,...
§ From William C. C. Claiborne. 7 February 1806, New Orleans. “I learn from Captain Turner, that the Marquis of Casa Calvo did not visit Adais, nor is it understood, that he made Enquiries concerning the Posts, of which he spake to me. “The proposition for a military Gentleman to accompany the Marquis to Adais, came from me; but since the arrangement was not approved, I am well pleased that...
I have the honor to present to you, a copy of the Laws of the Territory of Orleans: You will attribute to our inexperience, whatever may be improper—and for that portion of our Laws which is wise, we acknowledge ourselves indebted to the several States of the Union, whose prudent and wise policy, we shall be proud to imitate. With sentiments of great Respect, I have the honor to subscribe...
§ From William C. C. Claiborne. 6 February 1806, New Orleans. “Late on the Evening of the 4. instant, the Marquis of Casa Calvo arrived in this City from Nacogdoches via Nachitoches—which last place he left on the 22. ultimo—and having passed by water, he was not met by Captain Ross, to whom my Dispatch of the 10. of January was committed. “I have, on this morning, addressed to the Marquis a...
Mr. James M. Bradford, the Editor of the Orleans Gazette proposing to visit Washington, and having expressed a desire to pay his respects in Person to the President of the United States, I have taken the liberty to introduce him to your Acquaintance; his pursuits have led him to a knowledge of the Territory, and you will find him possessed of much local Information. Mr. Bradford’s political...
§ From William C. C. Claiborne. 30 January 1806, New Orleans. “Your letter of the 14 ultimo, via New York, reached me on yesterday about noon. “The objects to which it related, immediately commanded my attention; and my friend Doctor Watkins, at my request, waited upon Mr. Lavau Trudeau, the Late Surveyor General, and made particular enquiries as to the public documents in his possession. Mr....
§ From William C. C. Claiborne. 30 January 1806, New Orleans. “Finding that the Public Business presse⟨s⟩ very much upon me, I have proposed to Mr. Graham, that he ⟨s⟩hould conduct the internal correspondence of the Territory⟨,⟩ ⟨a⟩nd to attend particularly to Communications of local concern; in order that I may be at liberty myself to attend more especially to my Correspondence with you...
§ From William C. C. Claiborne. 29 January 1806, New Orleans. “The enclosure marked A is a copy of a Statement made to me on oath, by Stephen a free black man: I do not suppose it true thro’out; there is however no doubt, but that the free people of colour have been tampered with, and that Some of them are devoted to the Spanish Interest. “In consequence of Stephens information, and the...
§ From William C. C. Claiborne. 28 January 1806, New Orleans. “The enclosure No. 1, is a copy of a petition from sundry Merchants of this City—stating—that a considerable debt is due to them by His Catholic Majesty, and praying that Mr. Morales might be permitted to leave in this City an Agent ‘for the purpose of settling the remaining accounts of the Spanish Treasury with the Inhabitants of...
§ From William C. C. Claiborne. 24 January 1806, New Orleans. “I have the honor to enclose you a Copy of a statement made me on Oath, by Stephen a free black man; I do not credit it in whole; I however, have no doubt, but that the free people of Color have been tampered with, and that some of them are devoted to the spanish Interest. “Mr. Morales is yet in this City, and should I not an [ sic...
§ From William C. C. Claiborne. 23 January 1806, New Orleans. “Mr. Benjamin Morgan a zealous American, and an honest Man, was elected on the 21st. Instant, a member of the House of Representatives of this Territory. “The enclosed return will shew you the state of the Poll, as well as the great degree of political Apathy which prevails in this quarter. “The French Consul Mr. Deferges...
§ From William C. C. Claiborne. 21 January 1806, New Orleans. “I lately reviewed the Battalion of Orleans Volunteers, and I can assure you Sir, that their appearance and conduct, on parade, warrant an opinion, that, in Peace or war, they will deserve well of their Country. “The native Citizens of the United States who reside in this City, have, of late, manifested a great share of military...
§ From William C. C. Claiborne. 13 January 1806, New Orleans. “The enclosure No. 1 is the translation of a letter from Mr. Morales to me, and that, No. 2, of my answer. You will perceive my determination not to be drawn into a discussion. “I have the pleasure to inform you that the most perfect order at present prevails, and I have no doubt but I shall be able to preserve it. “The regular...
§ From William C. C. Claiborne. 12 January 1806, New Orleans. “The enclosure No. 1 is a Copy of a Note I have addressed to Mr. Morales, and that, No. 2, of a Letter I have forwarded by Captain Ross, to the Marquis de Casa Calvo. “I have deemed it of importance to prevent the return of the Marquis to this City; there are many persons here who are favorable to the Spanish interest, and if the...
§ From William C. C. Claiborne. 9 January 1806, New Orleans. “Mr. James Mather, late a Member of the Legislative Council, and now the Judge for the County of la Fourche, writes me under date of the 2d. of January, as follows: ‘The Marquis Casa Calvo remained in this settlement at least 15 days, during which time he principally employed himself in persuading the people—that all this side of the...
§ From William C. C. Claiborne. 8 January 1806, New Orleans. “I persuade myself that my late visit to Appalousas and Attachapas has been attended with some good effects. The Civil Authorities were again put in motion; the Militia officers commissioned; such explanations given of the Land Law, as were calculated to check discontents; and every just effort made to attach the Citizens to the...
§ From William C. C. Claiborne. 7 January 1806, New Orleans. “On the morning of the 5. Instant I returned to this City, and read with respectful attention, your communications of the 18. and 25. of November, which did not reach New Orleans until the 3. Instant. “I have long regretted the residence of the Marquis of Casa Calvo, and other Spanish Officers , in this Territory; their intrigues...
§ From William C. C. Claiborne. 4 January 1806, “Near New Orleans.” “Having, for the most part, effected the objects which occasioned my visit to the Atachapas and Apalousas, I am now on my return, and will be at my Post early on Tomorrow. My Private Secretary, who has met me on this Evening, communicated the substance of several important dispatches from you, which were received during my...
§ From William C. C. Claiborne. 15 December 1805, “120 Miles from New-Orleans.” “Previous to my departure from the City, I informed you of the dissentions in Attackapas, and of my intension to visit that County. These dissensions have not assumed a serious aspect, nor would they alone, have induced my absence from New-Orleans. But as several objects of Importance awaited my presence in...
§ From William C. C. Claiborne. 9 December 1805, New Orleans. “The enclosures Nos. 1. 2 & 3 will present you with copies of the Several Letters, which have passed between Govr. Folch and Myself, relative to the exaction of Duties at the Town of Mobile on American Vessels, and the late Military Movements in West Florida. The Enclosure No. 4 is a copy of a Letter from me to Mr. Brown the...
§ From William C. C. Claiborne. 5 December 1805, New Orleans. “Mr. Graham has this moment returned from Pensacola, and brought me Governor Folch’s reply to my communication of the 31. of October last. “The answer is not as explicit as I could have wished; but it is probable that the difficulties to which our commerce is at present subjected at Mobile may soon be removed. I will inclose you a...
§ From William C. C. Claiborne. 4 December 1805, New Orleans. “I have had no late intelligence from Mr. Graham; it is probable he has met with some detention at Pensacola, for it is (I presume) well known to you, that dispatch in business is not a trait in the spanish character. “I am sorry to inform you that much confusion exists in the County of Atachapas; the Citizens in that quarter are...
§ From William C. C. Claiborne. 27 November 1805, New Orleans. “Mr. Cobourn has not Yet arrived in this City, and it is apprehended, that he either has or will decline accepting the Commission which has been offered him. “The Economy observed in the Salaries of the Judicial officers of this Territory, will I fear effect the respectability of our Judiciary; The Compensation of a Supreme Judge...
§ From William C. C. Claiborne. 22 November 1805, New Orleans. “An American Schooner which was lately captured and carried into the Havanna, has been released, and the owners of the Privateer that made the capture, have been ordered to pay a considerable sum of money for the injury done. This circumstance has afforded much pleasure to the Merchants here, and will doubtless greatly benefit the...
I have the honor to inclose you a duplicate of my letter of the 23rd. Ultimo. The barracks in this City, with some repairs, which might be readily made by the Soldiers, would afford comfortable Quarters for Officers and Privates. I have always thought that the Officer commanding the Troops, should reside in the Barracks; The apartments are commodious, and Colonel Freeman might (if he pleased)...
§ From William C. C. Claiborne. 20 November 1805, New Orleans. “The inclosed paper will furnish you with a Copy of an address from the House of Representatives of this Territory to the President of the United States: it was unanimously adopted, and evinces a degree of Patriotism which I hope may have a good effect. “I contemplate convening the Legislature, some time about the last of February,...
I have the honor to inclose you a duplicate copy of my letter of the 13. Instant. The Citizens recommended as Councillors are, for the most part, men of Talents and Integrity; indeed, with the exception of Mr. Jones, there is not one whose appointment would give me regret; but having witnessed the unfriendly disposition of this Gentleman to the American Government, I should be sorry to see him...
§ From William C. C. Claiborne. 13 November 1805, New Orleans. “I have the pleasure to inclose you a copy of a Resolution, which was this day unanimously adopted by the House of Representatives of this Territory.” RC and enclosure ( DNA : RG 59, TP , Orleans, vol. 7); letterbook copy ( Ms-Ar : Claiborne Executive Journal, vol. 15). RC 1 p.; in a clerk’s hand, signed by Claiborne; docketed by...
I have the honor to inclose you a List of the Gentlemen recommended by the House of Representatives of this Territory, as legislative Councillors. Messrs. Mc.Carty and Bellechasse possess a great share of the public confidence, and are unquestionably, very honest, good men,—they each hold Commissions as Colonels in the militia, and I have every reason to believe them well disposed to the...
§ From William C. C. Claiborne. 12 November 1805, New Orleans. “Since my letter of the 5. instant, I have received further intelligence of the progress of the Marquis of Casa Calvo. He is said to have arrived at the Sea-shore, and proposed prosecuting his voyage to the mouth of the Sabine, and from thence to the old Post of Adais. “The Marquis is stated to have taken with him an assortment of...
§ From William C. C. Claiborne. 8 November 1805, New Orleans. “I enclose you a copy of the answer which the House of Representatives have returned to my address, You will perceive that it is respectful and friendly. I am happy to find that nothing of party spirit has yet been manifested, and I indulge a hope that the Members generally will pursue a conduct which will be approved. “Believing...
Since my last letter, I have made with Colonel Freeman an arrangement concerning the regular Guards, which I trust will put an end to those complaints heretofore exhibited by the Citizens. The troops stationed here, have I believe conducted themselves as well as an army ever did similarly situated; but it is impossible for any Commander to maintain Discipline among men posted in a City , where...
§ From William C. C. Claiborne. 5 November 1805, New Orleans. “The members of the House of Representatives of this Territory, to the amount of nineteen assembled on yesterday, at the Hotel de Ville in conformity to my Proclamation of the 26. of July last. I attended them in person, and after administering to each member an oath to support the Constitution of the United States, and an oath of...
§ From William C. C. Claiborne. 31 October 1805, New Orleans. “In consequence of the embarrassments to which the Commerce of the United States is exposed by the exaction of heavy duties at the Town of Mobile; the various reports which have reached me of the Hostile disposition of the Spaniards, and of the War-like preparations at Pensacola and at other places in the vicinity of this Territory,...
Of late there has been a defference between the Mayor of this City, and the officer commanding the Troops: The correspondence which ensued, I now have the Honor to enclose You, in conformity to the particular request of the Mayor , who is desirous that his conduct on the occasion should be known to you.— My official Letters to the Secretary of State, will acquaint you with the state of things...
§ From William C. C. Claiborne. 30 October 1805, New Orleans. “I enclose for your perusal and information copies of several Depositions which have been forwarded to me, by Doctor Sibley; These documents prove the establishment of a Garrison on the Trinity River, & state the particulars of several outrages committed on the Citizens of the United States by Persons in the Employ of the Spanish...
I am sorry to inform you of the embarrassments to which the Citizens of the United States are subjected who navigate the Mobile River. All american Vessels passing by the Town of Mobile, are brought to and a duty of   per cent exacted both on imports and Exports. These duties are even required on Articles passing to and from the Garrisons and Factories of the United States. I have addressed on...