James Madison Papers

To James Madison from William C. C. Claiborne, 27 September 1805 (Abstract)

From William C. C. Claiborne, 27 September 1805 (Abstract)

§ From William C. C. Claiborne. 27 September 1805, Concordia. “In consequence of a letter, I received on last Evening from Mr. Graham, of which the enclosed is a Copy,1 I shall set out on this Morning for New Orleans.

“I cannot conjecture the unpleasant Rumors alluded to by Mr. Graham; but I persuade myself they will not prove of serious importance. I am indeed illy fitted for a Journey; my Health is far from being restored and I fear the fatigue to which I shall be exposed, may occasion a Relapse. But I shall nevertheless proceed, and will be in New Orleans as soon as possable.”

RC and enclosure (DNA: RG 59, TP, Orleans, vol. 7); letterbook copy (Ms-Ar: Claiborne Executive Journal, vol. 15). RC 1 p.; docketed by Wagner as received 30 Oct. For enclosure, see n. 1.

1The enclosure (1 p.; docketed by Wagner; 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 , 9:513) is John Graham’s 19 Sept. 1805 letter, stating “rumours of an unpleasant nature have got abroad; how far they are to be relyed on, I do not know; but I feel it my duty to recommend to you immediately to return Here,” and adding that since he did not know if this opportunity of conveying his letter was a safe one, he would say no more.

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