From William C. C. Claiborne
New Orleans 21st Augt 1813
Since my letter of the 14th Instant, it has been deemed expedient to proceed against mr Livingston before the Parish court of New Orleans, by way of information, and of which a copy is herewith enclosed. Mr Livingston and his friends (I learn) are clamorous on the occasion;—They represent the procedure as unprecedented, and affect to consider it as a Wicked (but feeble) attempt to justify opposition to the Tribunals of the United States. To me the Subject presents a very different aspect;—the care of our Rivers & Ports, appertain exclusively to the State authorities, and the means resorted to, Seem to me the best calculated, to preserve the Public Rights.—The case is to be argued on the 24th instant, and the result is anxiously awaited.—
William C. C. Claiborne
RC (DLC); in a clerk’s hand, with closing, signature, and internal address by Claiborne; at foot of text: “Mr Thomas Jefferson Monticello Virginia”; endorsed by TJ as received 22 Sept. 1813 and so recorded in SJL.
On this day Claiborne wrote a nearly identical letter to his congressman, Thomas B. Robertson (Claiborne, Letter Books description begins Dunbar Rowland, ed., Official Letter Books of W. C. C. Claiborne, 1801–1816, 1917, repr. 1972, 6 vols. description ends , 6:261).
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