Washington 20 Jany 1807
Mr Clark has the honor of enclosing to the President the Letters put into his hands respecting the proposed rout from Fort Stoddart to New Orleans. He sees no other difficulty than that pointed out by Mr Toulmin, the want of a few Bridges and Causeways and a Ferry over the Pearl River and its Branches which he believes absolutely indispensable, as the low Grounds to the South of the Line which are subject to overflow extend to a considerable distance on both sides of the River. Mr Clark believes that the Post Road might be laid out to the Point of the Rigolet at the entrance of Lake Pontchartrain opposite to the Place called the Coquilles, from whence the Mail might be sent at all times in a Boat without danger to Chef Menteur either by Coasting along the Lake or thro’ an Inland Navigation communicating with it; and from Monsr Lafons or Chef Menteur there is a good Road to New Orleans. The Post Rider might be accommodated with every thing necessary for him at Monsr Rieux’s Plantation at a very small distance not above a Mile from the Point of the Rigolet. Mr Clark has the Honer of sending herewith to the President a Map of the Orleans Territory on a large Scale just received from Philadelphia and which is about to be published there by which he can form a Judgment on the subject
Should the President think fit to honer the Subscription List with his Name and return it to Mr Clark, he will render Monsr Lafon an acceptable Service.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.