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.