James Madison Papers

To James Madison from William C. C. Claiborne, 6 November 1802 (Abstract)

§ From William C. C. Claiborne

6 November 1802, “Near Natchez.” “The embarrassment of our trade at N: Orleans, still continues, private letters state, that American produce may be landed by paying a duty of 6 pCent, but not otherwise.” Encloses an extract in Spanish [not found] from the intendant’s proclamation, as “the translation, which was sent you1 is sufficiently faithful, but does not possess the strength of the Original.” Does not presume the intendant would have issued “such a proclamation” without royal orders, although “the style countenances the idea.” There is no doubt at New Orleans that the French will take possession of Louisiana “in the course of the Winter.”

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