James Madison Papers

To James Madison from William C. C. Claiborne, 30 October 1805 (Abstract)

From William C. C. Claiborne, 30 October 1805 (Abstract)

§ From William C. C. Claiborne. 30 October 1805, New Orleans. “I enclose for your perusal and information copies of several Depositions which have been forwarded to me, by Doctor Sibley; These documents prove the establishment of a Garrison on the Trinity River, & state the particulars of several outrages committed on the Citizens of the United States by Persons in the Employ of the Spanish Government. I shall not fail to make suitable Representations on this Subject, to the Marquis of Casa Calvo, and to the Governor General of the Province of Taxus; but it is not probable that adequate redress will be offer’ed for the Injury done.”1

RC (DNA: RG 59, TP, Orleans, vol. 7); letterbook copy (Ms-Ar: Claiborne Executive Journal, vol. 15). RC 1 p.; in a clerk’s hand, signed by Claiborne; docketed by Wagner as received 3 Dec. 1805, with his note: “Same day gave the enclosures to the Secy. of War.”

1The enclosures have not been found, but on the same day Claiborne wrote Henry Dearborn that two hundred men, most of whom were cavalry, were stationed at a fort that had been built on the Trinity River (Rowland, Claiborne Letter Books, description begins Dunbar Rowland, ed., Official Letter Books of W. C. C. Claiborne, 1801–1816 (6 vols.; Jackson, Miss., 1917). description ends 3:216–17).

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