New-Orleans Feby 6th. 1806.
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 principles are correct; but like most young Men, his Zeal cannot at all times be controuled by his Reason, & his passions have sometimes betrayed him into inaccurate opinions;—But he loves his Country & her Government, and I am persuaded, as his Judgment becomes matured by experience, he will prove to be a useful Member of Society.
My Official Communications to the Departments of State and War, will acquaint you with the news in this City.—
With sentiments of great respect I have the honor to subscribe myself Your faithful friend
William C. C. Claiborne
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.