James Madison Papers

To James Madison from William C. C. Claiborne, 5 October 1805 (Abstract)

From William C. C. Claiborne, 5 October 1805 (Abstract)

§ From William C. C. Claiborne. 5 October 1805, New Orleans. “I arrived here on last Evening, and altho’ my Health is much improved since my departure from Natchez, I am nevertheless far from being well.

“The unpleasant Reports alluded to by Mr. Graham in his Letter of the 22d. Ultimo, (a Copy of which I forwarded you from Natchez)1 related to the Menaces of our Spanish Neighbours; the Warlike preparations at Havannah, and the apparent willingness of a portion of the Inhabitants of this place, to support Spanish measures. I am happy however, to inform you that I have found every thing tranquil, nor do I apprehend any event (in which the people of the Territory would take an agency) which would subject the Government to serious embarrassment.

“A Rupture betwe[e]n the United States and Spain is esteemed here highly probable, and has excited much anxiety; I have however ventured an opinion that War was not likely to ensue, and I delivered this opinion with the more confidence, since no communications from the department of State have been received by me, which give the slightest intimation of a prospect of Hostilities.”

RC (DNA: RG 59, TP, Orleans, vol. 7); letterbook copy (Ms-Ar: Claiborne Executive Journal, vol. 15). RC 2 pp.; in a clerk’s hand, signed by Claiborne; docketed by Wagner. Minor differences between the copies have not been noted.

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