James Madison Papers

To James Madison from William C. C. Claiborne (Abstract), 28 February 1805

§ From William C. C. Claiborne

28 February 1805, New Orleans. “I have the Honor to enclose you an act to incorporate the City of New Orleans.1 The provision which allows the Citizens to elect aldermen is very popular. It will be the first time that the Louisianians ever enjoyed the right of Suffrage and I persuade myself they will on this occasion use it with discretion.

“The news of War between England and Spain, and the opening of the Port of Havana to Neutral Vessels, have greatly benefitted the commerce of this City. The Levee is crowded with Flour Salted provisions, Red Wine and Dry Goods destined for exportation. We have in Port a number of Vessels and it is probable all will readily acquire Freight.”

RC and enclosure (DNA: RG 59, TP, Orleans, vol. 6); letterbook copy (ibid.); letterbook copy (LU: LOUISiana Digital Library, Official Letter Book W. C. C. Claiborne). RC 1 p.; in a clerk’s hand, signed by Claiborne; docketed by Wagner. Minor differences between the copies have not been noted. For enclosure, see n. 1.

1The enclosure (16 pp.; Shaw and Shoemaker description begins R. R. Shaw and R. H. Shoemaker, comps., American Bibliography: A Preliminary Checklist for 1801–1819 (22 vols.; New York, 1958–66). description ends 9070) is a printed copy of “An act to Incorporate the City of New-Orleans,” 17 Feb. 1805, describing the boundaries of the city and its wards, providing for the election of alderman, and assigning the duties of the various municipal officers.

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