New-Orleans December 5th. 1806.
The Bearer Mr. Hopkins was charged with public Despatches (of great importance) to the Secretary of State, and I trust will have safely delivered them, when he presents you with this Letter.—
Mr. Hopkins is desirous of obtaining a Commission in the Army of the U. States; He is a young Man of amiable disposition, correct habits, and good Judgment—I can venture, therefore to recommend him to your patronage, & if honored with a Commission, I am sure he will merit a continuance of your good opinion.—
I am Dr Sir, With esteem & respect yo: hble Servt
Wm. C. C. Claiborne
DNA: RG 107—LRUS—Letters Received by the Secretary of War, Unregistered Series.