Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from William C. C. Claiborne, 26 March 1806

New Orleans March 26. 1806.

Dear Sir

My official letters of this date to the Secretaries of State and War will acquaint you with the state of things in this quarter.

The general Assembly of this Territory is now in Session.—I anticipate some difficulty with these young Legislators; but I trust we shall harmonize, and that the result of our deliberations will not be unacceptable to the People.

I have informed the House of Representatives of the vacancy which still exists in the Council, and I believe they will on this day nominate two persons, one of whom you may appoint with the advice of the Senate.

Mr. Freeman who has charge of the Exploring Expedition up the Red River, is now in this City and proposes to proceed on his Mission in a few days; but I very much fear he will be interrupted in his excursion by our jealous and ill disposed Spanish neighbours.

The Marquis of Casa Calvo is reported to be at Mobile and assisting with his advice his Friend Folche in strengthening that place.—It is said, that they have enlarged the Fort,—cut away the Timber in its vicinity—and so arranged their Cannon as to bring them to bear in every direction.—but notwithstanding all this—whenever the American Government may direct it, the place will be taken without the loss of much blood.

I have had no late intelligence from Nachitoches.—the Spaniards in that quarter would wish to do mischief, but they have not at present the means;—their force is inconsiderable.

I am Dr Sir, With great respect Your faithful friend

William C. C. Claiborne

DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.

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