Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from William C. C. Claiborne, 1 June 1807

June 1st. 1807 at New-Orleans.

Dr Sir,

Mr. Clark has arrived, and every exertion is making to induce him, to take a violent part against the late proceedings here; A splendid Dinner has been given him, at which Edward Livingston presided as President, assisted by Mr Phil: Jones, and Mr. Ross a dismissed Sheriff.—Among the Guests were, the Judges of the Superior Court, and James Workman late Judge of the County of Orleans; The Collector of the Port (Mr. Brown) the Ci-devant Mayor of New-Orleans, and Mr. Alixander, who was Sent to Washington.—The Gentlemen not being content themselves with entertaining Mr. Clark, propose that their wives should do so likewise, and the Ladies I understand contemplate giving him a grand fete in a few Days. The Faction are spending very unnecessarily their money, for I have no doubt, but Mr. Clark would from choice, fall into their views.

It is reported and believed that Genl Adair is on his way to this City—if this be so, I shall on his arrival apply to Judge Hall to have him bound to his good behaviour,—but I do not know that, the Judge will deem it proper to do so, and if he should refuse, I have no doubt, but a public Dinner will be immediately given to Adair.

I saw Mrs. Trist the elder on yesterday; she enjoys good health & spirits; but is not pleased with the spirit of party which rages here;—I believe also, that the old Lady does not admire the Choice of a husband which Mrs. Trist the younger, is about making; Mr. Phil: Jones I learn, is the favorite of the young widow, & is shortly (it is said) to be married to her.

Accept my best wishes. I am Dr Sir, Your faithful friend

William C. C. Claiborne

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