Thomas Jefferson Papers

From John Langdon Sibley to James Madison, 10 August 1805

Natchitoches Augt. 10th. 1805.


By the request of Governor Claiborne, I have the Honour of forwarding to you herewith, a coppy of a French Manuscript that by accident came into my possession. It was found Amongst the papers of the late Governor Messier of the Province of Taxus; he died at St. Antonio, and after his death his family return’d Again to Natchitoches where they had before lived, & this Manuscript was brought in amongst his private Books and papers, I procur’d it from his Son Athanaise de Messier esqr. a very worthy Man now the Treasurer of this County. It is written in a clear handsome hand in a large folio Bound Volum, with wide margin. The Original is now in my possession. the expence of Coppying it is $85. (viz.)

Pierre Graciole’s Acct. 25 days @ $2. $50.
25 days boarding do 25
Paper Stationary &c 6
Mr Vin Piere. 2 days comparing the Coppy 4

I am Sir, with very great respect & Esteem Your Obt. Hble Servant

John Sibley

DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.

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