Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from William C. C. Claiborne, 21 May 1806

New Orleans May 21. 1806.

Dear Sir

Mr. Daniel Clark is elected the Delegate to Congress,—the sincere friend to his Country, Doctor Watkins, was supported by the native Citizens of the United States who are in the Legislature,—the votes of the ancient Louisianians were divided between Daniel Clark and Evan Jones.

I do not know the course the Delegate may pursue,—he possesses talents, and may if he pleases, be servic’able to the Territory.—It is probable he may labour to do me injury,—he has uniformly given me opposition in this quarter—and it is not probable that his political enmity will abate on his arrival at the Seat of Government,—I however feel as if he can do me no injury. The unjust attack which Mr. Randolph has made on my political conduct and reputation, has given new life to my Enemies, and will, no doubt, encourage them to re-commence their calumnies,—but my conscience tells me I have nothing to fear! My conduct is honest, and directed by the purest motives of patriotism.—If my Administration in this Country has not been as satisfactory as I could have wished, it has been marked by no event that can subject me to reproach! I may have committed errors, but they were never intentional, nor have they proved injurious—for the Territory has flourished, and the people “maintained and protected in the free enjoyment of their Liberty, Property, and the religion which they profess”.

My friend Mr. Graham will be enabled to give you in detail the politics of this district,—he possesses a great share of my confidence and esteem, and departs with my regret; I hope however for his return in the Fall—for as a man and an officer his continuance here is alike desirable to me.

I am Dear Sir, Your faithful friend

William C. C. Claiborne

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