New Orleans Feby 7. 1806.
I have the honor to present to you, a copy of the Laws of the Territory of Orleans: You will attribute to our inexperience, whatever may be improper—and for that portion of our Laws which is wise, we acknowledge ourselves indebted to the several States of the Union, whose prudent and wise policy, we shall be proud to imitate.
With sentiments of great Respect, I have the honor to subscribe myself Your faithful friend!
William C. C. Claiborne
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.