Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from William C. C. Claiborne, 12 June 1807

New Orleans June 12. 1807.

My dear Sir

My feelings have led me to an act which I fear may subject me to your censure. I was engaged on the 8th. instant in a Duel with Mr. Daniel Clark. The affair took place within the Florida line, and at the first fire, I received a ball which passed through my right thigh about ten inches below the hip, and made a considerable contusion in my left. Fortunately the bone was not injured, and altho’ I have suffered much pain, the prospect is favorable that within 10 or 12 days, I shall feel little or no inconvenience from the wound. I shall enclose you in a short time, a copy of the correspondence which preceded the Duel, and on the perusal of which, I trust you will find some apology for my imprudence.

I am dear Sir Your faithful friend.

William C. C. Claiborne

DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.

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