From Daniel Clark
River Mersey 23 December 1802
At the very moment of departure I have received a Letter from Paris advising, that Genl. Victor the Capt. General of Louisiana with his Etat Major, Monsr. J. J. Ayme1 the Commissaire de Justice with all the other officers of the new Administration of that Country, had set off about the 11th. Inst. for Holland to embark for New Orleans without delay.2 The Prefect had departed 2 or 3 days before for Rochefort to embark in a Corvette, that he might arrive before, & prepare for the reception of the Troops &c. I count on your indulgence to excuse the long Letter I troubled you with respecting this Business,3 and as I shall be under the necessity of remaining some time among them to settle my private affairs, I flatter myself my Communications will not transpire. I entreat you will favor me with your advice how to act on their arrival. I am in the Ship Thomas bound direct to New Orleans and hope to arrive a Month before Victor & his Army. With respect & Esteem I remain sir Your most obedt Servt.