§ From William C. C. Claiborne
5 May 1805, New Orleans. “In a late Letter which I have received from Mr. Chambers the United States Factor at Fort St. Stephens, he states: ‘The Letter you were pleased to obtain from the Marquis of Casa Calvo, authorized the Vessel to pass by the Post of Mobile, and the Commandant of the Post assured me she should return freely and without hindrance.’
“A Copy of my Correspondence with the Marquis upon the Subject of the passage by Mobile of the Vessel alluded to by Mr. Chambers, was forwarded to you on the 30th March.1
RC and enclosure (DNA: RG 59, TP, Orleans, vol. 6); letterbook copy (ibid.); letterbook copy (Ms-Ar: Claiborne Executive Journal, vol. 15). RC 1 p.; in a clerk’s hand, except for Claiborne’s emendations and signature; docketed by Wagner. Minor differences between the copies have not been noted. For enclosure, see n. 3.
3. The enclosure (1 p.; docketed by Wagner as received in Claiborne’s 5 May dispatch; printed in Carter, Territorial Papers, Orleans, 9:444–45) is a copy of Claiborne to Folch, 26 Apr. 1805, stating that although Casa Calvo had promised to write to Folch about the American post road, Claiborne was so solicitous about the matter that he had decided to write himself requesting Folch’s protection for mail carriers. For Claiborne’s correspondence with Casa Calvo about the postal route through West Florida, see Claiborne to JM, 21 Apr. 1805 (second letter), and nn. 4–5.
4. On the RC, Claiborne has added the phrase “on the subject of the Road”here.