James Madison Papers

To James Madison from William C. C. Claiborne, 25 September 1805 (Abstract)

From William C. C. Claiborne, 25 September 1805 (Abstract)

§ From William C. C. Claiborne. 25 September 1805, Concordia. “I am still in a state of Convalescence; but continue very fible; so soon as I feel enabled to undertake the Journey, I shall return to New Orleans. In the mean time I do not suppose that my absence from that City, will prove injurious to the public Interest. The enclosed letter from Mr. Graham will present You with the latest intelligence.1

“The conduct of the Spaniards in this Quarter evindence a settled hostility to the United States, and I am inclined to think that such conduct is encouraged by the Court of Spain. I am anxious to know the result of the late Negociation. I have not been honored with an official letter from you, for two Months past, and I very much fear you[r] Communications have miscaried.”

RC and enclosure (DNA: RG 59, TP, Orleans, vol. 7); letterbook copy (Ms-Ar: Claiborne Executive Journal, vol. 15). RC 1 p.; in a clerk’s hand, except for Claiborne’s complimentary close and signature; docketed by Wagner as received 22 Oct. On the right and left sides of the cover sheet of the enclosure, Graham added an updated current report of the election returns. For enclosure, see n. 1.

1The enclosure (3 pp.; printed in Carter, Territorial Papers, Orleans description begins Clarence Carter et al., eds., The Territorial Papers of the United States (28 vols.; Washington, 1934–75). description ends , 9:504–6) is John Graham’s 16 Sept. 1805 letter to Claiborne, commenting on the candidates for the election beginning that day; reporting that the alarm over the plotted slave insurrection had died down; describing recent U.S. troop movements and stating the general belief that the federal government should increase the number of regular army troops in the region; repeating reports that 600 Spanish troops were ordered for Pensacola, and 5,000 for the U.S.-Mexican frontier; stating that Casa Calvo had been quite ill and was rumored to have received letters from Madrid saying the government would request diplomatic status for him; and touching on the arrest of the Spaniards who had taken the Kempers, the seizure of an American ship at Mobile for failure to pay duties, and the confiscation there of goods bound for Fort Stoddart for the same reason.

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