James Madison Papers

To James Madison from William C. C. Claiborne, 20 November 1805 (Abstract)

From William C. C. Claiborne, 20 November 1805 (Abstract)

§ From William C. C. Claiborne. 20 November 1805, New Orleans. “The inclosed paper will furnish you with a Copy of an address from the House of Representatives of this Territory to the President of the United States:1 it was unanimously adopted, and evinces a degree of Patriotism which I hope may have a good effect.

“I contemplate convening the Legislature, some time about the last of February, and am therefore solicitous for an early appointment of the Councillors; a list of the Citizens recommended by the House of Representatives, has been transmitted to the President.2

“I received, yesterday, a letter from Mr. Graham, dated the 14. Instant, on the Lake; he had experienced opposite winds, and apprehended a long passage to Pensacola.”

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, signed by Claiborne; docketed by Wagner. For enclosure, see n. 1.

1Claiborne enclosed a section (2 pp.) from the 19 Nov. 1805 Louisiana Gazette containing a copy of the 14 Nov. 1805 letter from the territorial house of representatives to Jefferson, expressing their esteem for and confidence in him and praising his “conduct in the aquisition [sic] of Louisiana.”

2For the list of nominees to the council, see Claiborne to JM, 12 Nov. 1805, n.

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