James Madison Papers

To James Madison from William C. C. Claiborne and James Wilkinson, 20 December 1803 (Abstract)

§ From William C. C. Claiborne and James Wilkinson

20 December 1803, New Orleans. “We have the satisfaction to announce to you, that the province of Louisiana was this day surrendered to the United States by the Commissioner of France; and to add that the flag of our Country was raised in this City amidst the acclamations of the inhabitants.

“The enclosed is a copy of an instrument of writing which was signed and exchanged by the Commissioners of the two governments, and is designed as a record of this interesting transaction.”1

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