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To James Madison from William C. C. Claiborne and James Wilkinson, 8 December 1803

From William C. C. Claiborne and James Wilkinson

Fort Adams Decr. 8. 1803.


It is with singular Satisfaction, we announce to you the peaceful Transfer of the Province of Louisiana by the Commissioners of Spain to the Commissary of the French Republic, communicated to us by that officer in a Letter, received last Evening (bearing Date the 30. ulto) a Copy of which we transmit you, under Cover, together with his Proclamation, issued on the Occasion,1 to which we have added, Copies of two Letters from Daniel Clark Esqr. of the 29. and 30 ulto.2

Every Exertion is in Operation, for our speedy Embarkation, and we are persuaded the ceded Territory will acknowledge the Government of the United States, before you receive this Letter. We are, Sir, most respectfully, your obedt. humble Servants.3

William C. C. Claiborne

Ja: Wilkinson

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