Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from William C. C. Claiborne, 12 June 1806

New Orleans June 12. 1806.

Dr. Sir

Inclosed are the names of the Gentlemen recommended as Councillors to supply the vacancies occasioned by the resignations of J N Destrehan and P. Sauvé.

Mr. Mather is an Englishman by Birth; but has acted in this Territory the part of an American. He was a member of the first Legislative Council, and merits, in my opinion a continuance of your confidence.

Mr. La Croix is a frenchman by Birth, and also in Sentiment. He is one of the Partizans of Mr. Daniel Clark, and if appointed to the Council, would probably be directed by him. The other two gentlemen, Messrs. Faucher and Livandais’ are both natives of Louisiana, of large fortunes, & good characters, but of limitted information. The first is the Son in Law, and the latter the nephew of Mr. Boré, who probably may have great influence with both; If so, there is little ground to hope that they would either be zealously attached to the American government; of the two however, I am inclined to think that Mr Foucher would be the best choice.

Mr. Van Predelles one of the Land Commissioners for this district has informed me that Colonel Thompson the Register for the western district is about to resign that office, and that he Mr. Van Predelles would feel gratified in being named his Successor. With respect to Mr. Van Predelles—I take pleasure in observing that his conduct here has evidenced great integrity and patriotism. He unites to much useful information, a Sincere attachment to the Government of the United States.

If a vacancy should arise in the Board of Land Commissioners for the New Orleans district, permit me to recommend to your notice, Doctor John Watkins. This Gentleman has uniformly supported the interest and honor of his Country in this quarter: He is indeed a useful and worthy member of Society.

I pray you to excuse the liberty I take in addressing you this letter; and permit me to Subscribe myself, Dear Sir, with great respect, your faithful friend.

William C. C. Claiborne

DNA: RG 59—LAR—Letters of Application and Recommendation.

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