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William C. C. Claiborne to Thomas Jefferson, 11 August 1810

From William C. C. Claiborne

Washington August 11h 1810

Dear Sir,

In a Letter which I addressed to the Mayor of New-Orleans, under date of the 7h Instant, I requested him “to ascertain the sums of money expended by the Corporation, since the 20h of December 1803, and to transmit an account of the same to you.” I have supposed, that this information might prove useful in the Trial of Livingston’s Suit, and therefore I wish it to be laid before your Council.—I have also requested the Mayor “to ascertain the quantum of Compensation”1 (in Batture Lots)2 promised by Livingston to each of his Lawyers, and to inform you thereof.

The transfer by James Brown to Keene of his Batture Lot for some Land near the English Turn, was currently reported & accredited at New Orleans;—But of the particulars the Mayor will inform himself, & advise you.

Livingston has brought an Action against the Marshal of Orleans;—my Letters do not mention it—But I find that the occurrence is noticed in one of the New-Orleans papers.—I have urged the Mayor to endeavour to put off, to a distant day, an investigation of this Cause;—I wish much to return to New-Orleans previous to the trial, in order to take measures to counteract that System of Intrigue & Villany, which Livingston & his friends Clark & Co: will I am assured set on foot.—

I enclose you one of Mr Poidrass’s Pamphlets, containing Copies of his several Speeches on the subject of the Batture, & of an address of his to the Legislature of the Territory, in which he portrays the Character of his “gregarious” Band.— I shall apply to the Clerk of the House of Representatives for Copies of the Petitions to Congress relative to the Batture, and will transmit them to you.—I set out to Philadelph[ia] in two days, & shall probably proceed to New York, where, I shall not be at all surprised, if Livingston should commence an Action against me also, for my agency in dispossessing him of the Batture.

I will thank you Sir, to present my best wishes to Colo: Randolph, his Lady & amiable family.—

I am Dear Sir, with the greatest Respect your faithful friend

William C. C. Claiborne

RC (DLC); edge trimmed; at foot of text: “Mr Th: Jefferson Monticello”; endorsed by TJ as received 15 Aug. 1810 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure: “Probus” [Julien Lalande Poydras], Adresse au Conseil Legislatif du Territoire d’Orleans (New Orleans, 1808; in French and English; Sowerby, description begins E. Millicent Sowerby, comp., Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, 1952–59, 5 vols. description ends nos. 3370, 3383, 3485). Other enclosure not identified.

Richard R. keene was a New Orleans attorney (Calendrier de Commerce de la Nouvelle-Orleans, Pour L’Année 1807 [New Orleans, 1806], 66).

1Omitted closing quotation mark editorially supplied.

2Parenthetical phrase interlined.

Index Entries

  • Adresse au Conseil Legislatif du Territoire d’Orleans (Poydras) search
  • Batture Sainte Marie, controversy over; and Congress search
  • Batture Sainte Marie, controversy over; TJ receives documents search
  • Batture Sainte Marie, controversy over; W. C. C. Claiborne on search
  • Brown, James; and batture controversy search
  • Claiborne, William Charles Coles; consults with TJ on batture case search
  • Claiborne, William Charles Coles; letters from search
  • Claiborne, William Charles Coles; on E. Livingston search
  • Claiborne, William Charles Coles; procures batture documents for TJ search
  • Clark, Daniel (of Louisiana); W. C. C. Claiborne on search
  • Congress, U.S.; and batture controversy search
  • D’orgenoy, Francis Joseph Le Breton; and batture controversy search
  • Keene, Richard Raynal search
  • Livingston, Edward; W. C. C. Claiborne on search
  • Magruder, Patrick; clerk of U.S. House of Representatives search
  • Magruder, Patrick; TJ seeks batture documents from search
  • Mather, James; and batture controversy search
  • Orleans Territory; legislature of search
  • Poydras, Julien Lalande; Adresse au Conseil Legislatif du Territoire d’Orleans search
  • Poydras, Julien Lalande; and batture controversy search
  • Randolph, Martha Jefferson (Patsy; TJ’s daughter; Thomas Mann Randolph’s wife); greetings to search
  • Randolph, Thomas Mann (1768–1828) (TJ’s son-in-law; Martha Jefferson Randolph’s husband); greetings to search